Bachelor's Degree in History: Program Overviews

Essential Information

Some schools that offer a bachelor's degree program in history have concentrations within a history major, allowing students to focus on particular regions, cultures or eras. A bachelor's degree program in history can also be combined with a teacher education program for students who plan to teach at the elementary or secondary level.

Bachelor's Degree in History

Curriculum in a bachelor's degree program in history covers the history of ancient and modern civilizations from around the world. Studies may range from the early and middle ages to modern American, European, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Programs may feature a few core courses in general American, European and world history accompanied by electives in a wide range of more specific topics. Common courses may include:

  • The Renaissance
  • Russian history
  • Historical treatment of minorities
  • Colonialism
  • The history of warfare

Popular Careers

Graduates of a Bachelor of Arts in History program find employment opportunities in many different fields, including education, law, politics and research. Potential career choices include:

  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • Politician
  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher/writer
  • Tour guide

Continuing Education Information

Graduates who plan to become teachers can enroll in a post-bachelor's teacher education program. Many schools have programs where future teachers can study history and teaching concurrently, while other schools may require that students obtain their bachelor's degree in history before entering a teacher education program. Graduates with a bachelor's in history can also continue their studies in a master's or doctoral program in history. A doctoral program prepares students for careers in research and higher education. History graduates can also join organizations such as the American Historical Association and the Organization for American Historians, which offer membership benefits including career assistance, annual meetings, scholarly research and exhibits for professional growth.

Pursuing education in history can prepare you for a variety of careers, including becoming a historian or teacher. Many students achieve a bachelor's degree, but continuing education is available up to the master's and doctoral level.

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