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Bachelor of Arts in History

About the B.A. in History Degree

Do you have a passion for studying the past with an eye toward improving the future? Cedarville’s distinctly Christian history major will prepare you for graduate work or for careers in a variety of fields, including government, law, business, education, public history, and ministry.

History Program Highlights

Distinctly Christian — Cedarville’s distinctiveness is found in its overt integration of the Christian faith with the past. We want you to marvel at the work of God in history, recognize the depravity of man in the past, discover how man can live in community with one another, and evaluate the lessons of history through the principles taught in God’s Word. We believe that a rigorous study of the past, grounded in the Word of God, has the potential to change lives and allow graduates to be uniquely equipped to be salt and light in our nation.

Broad focus — You will develop a foundation for pursuing careers in almost any field by focusing on communication, critical and logical analysis, information management, and problem-solving.

Excellent preparation — Today’s employers understand the value of a liberal arts degree because it develops the skills required for our fast-paced economy. Employees need to be able to communicate well, critically analyze, develop solutions to problems, and handle large amounts of information. No major does a better job developing these skills than history.

Outcomes for History Majors

What can you do with a history degree? Cedarville’s history program will prepare you for careers in academic or public history. The former involves teaching and professional research in the context of colleges and universities. The latter include working in history museums, archives, living history sites, and national parks.

History is a classic liberal arts field that will prepare you for graduate work in a variety of fields including history, political science, archeology, anthropology, and law. History is also good undergraduate preparation for seminary.

The history major may be pursued as a double major with another field, such as philosophy, theology, political science, economics, and other liberal arts majors.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Cedarville University can lead you to a career as a:

  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Graduate work leading to college/university teaching
  • History Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Librarian
  • Paralegal and Legal Assistant
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Writer

Opportunities for History Majors

Internships — Internships in the field of history can help prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. If you want to pursue a career in academia, you can seek student grader and assistantship opportunities on campus. If you’re considering careers in public history, you can complete an internship in local historical societies, museums, libraries, or living history sites. Our students have completed internships at places like libraries, community hospitals, and the National Archives.

D.C. Semester — You can join fellow students and a faculty member for a life-changing experience of learning, development, and service in a semester spent in Washington, D.C.

The Center for Political Studies provides a biblical response to political and social issues of our day. You will be connected with the political world as you are exposed to expert speakers and the Center’s Christ-centered research.

Student Organizations — Student organizations complement your coursework with opportunities to meet and learn from like-minded students and professionals.

  • Alpha Delta Nu provides history students with the opportunity to enhance their professional development.
  • Cedarville Legal Society provides a biblical view of justice in the pursuit of a law degree by sponsoring educational activities related to pursuing a legal career, establishing relationships with students with common career goals, and promoting the profession of law to Cedarville students.
  • Epsilon Pi Lambda provides opportunities for students to grow in their appreciation of the fields of history and government and provide an outlet for pursuing knowledge, obtaining academic support, gaining fellowship, and providing service.
  • Omega Mu is the Cedarville University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

History and Government

Cedarville's Department of History and Government is biblically grounded, academically rigorous, and ideologically conservative.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 96% of 2016 graduates from the Department of History and Government were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Program Faculty

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Marc Clauson, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Law

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Rick Tison, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

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Department of History and Government

History Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core history courses — learning from the earliest civilizations to the present day —and electives, including a required non-Western history elective. Your coursework will encourage you to evaluate the historical narrative based on biblical principles, helping you understand how Christianity plays a part in history and what a Christian’s response should be to historical events.

This major is offered with either a three-year or four-year completion plan.

Sample courses:
  • Introduction to Historiography
  • Research in American History
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