History Major (BA/BS)

The mission of the Department of History is to foster in students the understanding of events and eras in history from the perspective of a Christian worldview, and for students to realize their responsibilities as citizens. Courses in history emphasize critical thinking through the examination of significant historical literature and practical techniques of research, writing, and criticism.

Designed to Meet Your Needs

Course Convenience

DBU offers classes in a variety of formats, including:

  • Classroom
  • Hybrid (Classroom and Online)*
  • Online*

*Selected courses are available in the formats listed. View the current Schedule of Classes for specific courses.

Classes Start

Generally, classes begin four times a year:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

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Credit Hour Overview

As required for all Bachelor’s degrees, students must complete the following:

  • General Studies Courses (i.e., English, History, Mathematics)
  • Designated Courses in the Chosen Major
  • Electives*
    • Lower-Level Electives (1000-2000 level courses)
    • Upper-Level Electives (3000-4000 level courses)
  • 42 Hours of Upper-Level Courses must be completed as part of all bachelor’s degrees
  • Minimum Total Credit Hours Required: 120 Credit Hours**

*Courses chosen by the student that will count toward a bachelor's degree, but may not be directly related to the degree program being pursued.
**Check individual degree requirements for specific total credit hours.

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More Options

Secondary Teacher Certification

Students considering a career teaching history and plan to teach grades 7-12 are required to meet the general studies requirements for receiving a Secondary Teacher Certification.

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Accelerated Degrees

For undergraduate students studying history, an accelerated degree is an excellent option for highly motivated students who desire an accelerated 5-year program for earning their Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Learn more about the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Accelerated Degrees >>

Travel Opportunities

In addition to mission trips, DBU periodically offers students travel opportunities to earn course credit.

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Why Study History in College?

  • History Increases Your Understanding of God
  • History Prepares You for Success
  • The World Needs Christian Historians
  • Learning is Fun

Read More in Dr. Mike Williams' Article About the Importance of Studying History.

Goals of the History Major

Students will:

  • Possess a strong contextual structure through which they can understand the flow of American and world history, including knowledge of significant dates.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultures, societies, and major reform movements in American and world history.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the political institutions and military conflicts in American and world history.
  • Be familiar with significant individuals in American and World History.
  • Be proficient with the tools and knowledge needed to be successful in undergraduate historical research, as well as preparation for future graduate studies.
  • Understand a Christian worldview perspective in the study of history.