Prepare for Your Future by Studying the Past with a Master of Arts in History
Do you have a passion for history and studying the lives and accomplishments of great leaders in the formation of the world we have today? A Master of Arts in History will prepare you for history-related vocations through the study of historical facts, scholarly arguments, military campaigns, and more. In addition to studying historical events, you will also learn leadership lessons from some of the most important historical figures of the past and present.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in History will prepare you in many ways for jobs beyond the history field. As a historian, you will gain plenty of experience reading, writing, and researching, which are key skills for private and public sector careers. You will also have the choice to study in depth either American history or European history. You will finish this degree with a better understanding of history and history-related vocations or further collegiate studies.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Arts in History Degree?
Liberty University is situated in Central Virginia, providing access to numerous historical sites within just a four-hour radius of campus. Take day trips to see the Natural Bridge, the city of Lexington, Va, the National D-Day Memorial, Appomattox, and more. You can also spend a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown or Washington D.C.
From Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and his Lynchburg home Poplar Forest to Liberty University’s own Mead’s Tavern, you can find a number of historic locations where you can see first-hand documents, architecture, and artifacts from American history. Besides being able to visit these locations, we hold a collection of historical books and artifacts in our Scriptorium.
You have the ability to pick a thesis track or a comprehensive track with this degree. If you choose to study European History, we suggest that you have at least completed a foreign language requirement of 12 undergraduate hours or demonstrate your proficiency to the history graduate director. By working on your master’s in history, you will have the opportunity to join Phi Alpha Theta, which is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in the study of history.
What Will You Learn in Our Master of Arts in History Degree?
To be a great historian, you will need to learn the mechanics of studying history. Writing proper footnotes and conducting an oral history interview are two of the first skills you will learn. You will also study cultural assumptions and methodological limitations that may have affected historians in the past. Additionally, you will gain an understanding of how to explore Christian perspectives on history and develop a Christian and biblical approach to researching, writing, and teaching history.
Throughout this degree, you will learn how American Christianity influenced our social, political and cultural development. Some other areas of interest include:
- Modern European military history, from the shaping of nations to the rise and fall of empires. You will study how the demographic, industrial, and social changes in Europe helped to shape the pattern of warfare on the continent.
- You will also study the evolution of U.S. policy and culture from the end of World War II to the end of the 20th Century
- All of these courses will challenge your research and writing skills and better prepare you for being able to defend your opinion in both written and oral forms.
HIST 501: Historical Methods and Interpretation
HIUS 530: American Christian Heritage
Here’s what you’ll learn:
The course will explore American Christianity, emphasize its impact on American political, social, and cultural history, and evaluate the role of Christianity in influencing the American character.
HIEU 555: Modern European Military History
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course examines modern European military history from the French Revolution in 1789 until the present day as well as the historiography of the field.
- While focusing on conflicts in Europe, the course also examines European imperial wars.
- Demographic, industrial, social, and technical developments that shaped the pattern of European warfare provide the background for this class.
HIUS 552: Recent America (Since 1945)
Here’s what you’ll learn:
This course will examine U.S. history from the conclusion of World War II to the end of the 20th Century with a focus on major historical events and the arguments made by historians.
Highlights of Our Master of Arts in History Degree
- Mead’s Tavern, built in 1763, and now owned by Liberty, serves as an onsite laboratory for hands-on training in history, archaeology and more!
- Enjoy studying in an area that is rich in history. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Poplar Forest are nearby, and we are close enough to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and Washington D.C. for a historical weekend getaway!
- Our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta provides a variety of professional development opportunities. It is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in the study of history.
- Our Phi Alpha Theta club won “Chapter of the Year” twice in the past eight years.
- We follow certain biblical principles that are foundational to the study of history like: The historian must be dedicated to a reasoned and investigated reconstruction of primary sources. (Luke 1: 1-4)
- A master’s degree in history can be used for more than just pursuing a career as a historian. With the research and writing skills you gain, you can also find many opportunities as an intelligence officer, newspaper editor, FBI agent, research assistant, political scientist, lobbyist and many other areas that value the written word and the ability to present a logical assertion backed up by facts.
Master of Arts in History Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in History Graduates
- College or secondary teacher
- Government worker
- Museum curator
- Political Scientist
- Public Relations worker
Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account
- A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing. A 2.5 to 2.99 GPA may grant admission on caution
- Statement of Purpose– 300-500 word essay including your goals and an explanation of what you hope to gain from and contribute to the program
- Prerequisites (must be taken prior to admission): minimum of 18 undergraduate credit hours in history or related discipline (lower- or upper-level hours)