Expand Your Understanding of the World Today by Studying the Past With a Bachelor of Arts in History
George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” By studying how and why events in the past occurred and how they influence the present and future, you can be a part of shaping the next generation of leaders with lessons from history.
Besides the knowledge you will gain in U.S. and world history, you will also acquire the writing, research, and data analyzing and archival skills that can be of use in many different fields. If you are interested in a career in politics, education, or communications, then a Bachelor of Arts in History will prepare you for success!
The professors in our history department share your passion for studying history and finding new ways to energize others in learning about the past. What makes Liberty stand out among other universities is that you will have the opportunity to study history from a Christian perspective, and see how faith plays a role in our country’s development. We aim to produce men and women who are firm in their faith and ready to go out into the workforce as leaders in their field.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Arts in History Program?
Our B.A. in History degree emphasizes the critical thinking, written analysis, research, and interpretation studies of the past, and how it affects the present and future. Throughout this degree program, you will experience a close community with professors and classmates who know you by name. Besides the informative and challenging courses you will take, you will also have the opportunity to participate in internships and externships throughout the country. Many of our students have interned in history related positions locally as well as in government or lobbying groups in Washington, D.C.
Lynchburg is perfectly situated in the heart of Virginia, with hundreds of historical sites within a four-hour radius. As you study American history, visit places like Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Check out Appomattox, Gettysburg, Winchester, and Richmond when you learn about the Civil War. If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience, drive 15 minutes from campus to Mead’s Tavern, built in 1763, and now owned by Liberty, where you can study archeology, architecture, and history of the era in which the house was built.
You will be challenged by experienced professors who will show you how to integrate your Christian faith with vocational skills and help prepare you for life and career. Our goal at Liberty University is not just to provide you with a degree, but help you find a career using that degree in history. The Senior Capstone Seminar course in our history degree supports that very idea. We make a special effort to connect students to Career Services for job searches, mock interviews, and much more so that you are confident when you leave Liberty and enter the field you studied.
What Will You Learn in Our B.A. in History Degree?
Throughout our B.A. in History degree, you will learn the foundations of Western civilization and how the modern world was shaped by events of the past. As a historian, you need to gather evidence and formulate ideas about the past so that you can create a framework through which the past can be taught. You will be trained in U.S. and world history so that you can feel confident teaching history as well as providing your expertise in research.
Our Bachelor of Arts in History will give you the opportunity to study an ancient language like Hebrew or Greek or a modern language like Spanish or French. This language requirement is what sets the Bachelor of Arts apart from the Bachelor of Science. Many upper-level degrees require reading proficiency in foreign languages so this degree will ensure that you will be prepared for graduate studies.
HIEU 201 – History of Western Civilization I
A survey of the major events in Western civilization from its beginnings in the ancient Near East to 1648.
HIST 300 – Historical Methodology
You will study the meaning and interpretation of history, methodology, research techniques, and career opportunities.
HIUS 221 – Survey of American History I
A survey of the political, social and economic developments of America from the colonizing experience through the Civil War with emphasis on the development of the American democratic tradition.
Highlights of Our Bachelor of Arts in History Degree Program
- Our history department boasts the largest history program in the United States with over 17 majors.
- Mead’s Tavern, built in 1763, and now owned by Liberty, serves as an onsite laboratory for hands-on training in history, archeology, and more!
- A key focus in the senior capstone seminar is connecting students to Career Services for job searches, mock interviews, etc.
- Winner of the Phi Alpha Theta chapter of the year twice in the past eight years.
- Three history majors won the Provost Award for Excellence in Research in 2018.
Bachelor of Arts in History Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Arts in History Graduates
- Research assistant
- Data processor for investment firms
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.