History

Do you want to be an educator, a researcher, a politician, a historian, a lobbyist, or work for a museum? What about careers in law, government, business, or consulting? Are you interested in working for a historical site or organization?  If these careers interest you, then our Bachelor of Science in History is for you.

History graduates are well rounded individuals with skills valued by many employers and central to many careers.  They also understand how people and societies work and change and are aware of cultural diversity and multiple worldviews.  All these qualities make a History graduate a valuable member of many organizations.  As a result, you have a variety of careers open to you depending on your own interests, level of academic preparation, and location. 

Not all History majors become professional historians.  They can be educators in the classroom or work at educational institutions such as historical sites and museums serving, for example, as education directors, guides, or interpreters.  Our graduates can also go on to become librarians, writers, archivists, researchers, policy analysts, as well as consultants.  History graduates can work for community groups, various levels of government, private and public businesses, and historical organizations. Students who perform well as an undergraduate degree might decide to attend graduate school or enter law school, leading to additional career options.  

If you are interested in teaching Middle School and High School, you can add the Secondary Education Licensure to your course of study.  With this option, you will receive instruction in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment which will prepare you to teach what you have learned over the course of your curriculum.  This is a nationally recognized program by the National Council for the Social Studies.

In short, as a History major, you have many career options and need to discuss career prospects and interests with our faculty.

This degree is a 120 hour degree, designed to be completed in four years. It includes a required core of seven courses: six survey courses designed to provide a solid foundation in American and World History and a capstone course to be taken senior year. All seven courses are described below. The degree also includes seven additional history elective courses including a variety of upper level courses offering more specialized studies with topics such as "Ancient Egypt", "Ancient Rome", "Human Rights", "Plains Indians", "History in Movies: Facts and Fiction", "Nazi Germany", "The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression", "The 1980s", "The History of Piracy", and "The History of Terrorism", to name a few. As part of the curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to take a few other Social Science courses in Government, Sociology, and Psychology.  Overtime, these courses will help you develop communication and research skills as well as critical thinking and decision making skills.  Our curriculum will challenge you to question and analyze a wide range of issues.  The Secondary Education Licensure, if chosen, includes 37 hours of education focused courses.

This program was started years ago at Oakland City University but, despite curriculum and faculty changes, its spirit has remained the same: prepare well-rounded individuals who understand the relevance of the past for careers in today's world.

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