History

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Mission Statement: In accordance with the Mission Statement of Missouri Baptist University, the History major has several purposes:

  • To acquaint students with the commonly accepted factual data of human history
  • To expose students to differing viewpoints and schools of historical interpretation
  • To help students develop the ability to do independent research and to write competently in the field of history
  • To encourage students to develop a Biblically-based Christian approach to historical study
  • To prepare history majors for careers in teaching*, or in other professional fields requiring a broad liberal arts background

*Students seeking certification to teach high school history should major in Social Sciences in order to satisfy the state certification requirements for social studies 9-12.

Whether you major in history, minor in history or simply take some of our many available history courses, you will benefit from the unique mission of MBU’s History program and its dedicated Christian faculty as they help to prepare you for a future career in one of many possible fields of service.

What do basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C.N.N. News anchor Wolf Blitzer and U.S. President George W. Bush share in common? All three were undergraduate history majors. Vocationally, majoring in history provides an excellent background to begin work or continue advanced study in any field that requires a strong liberal arts education and a keen understanding of people. Sample careers that have traditionally attracted history majors include:

• High School or Elementary Teacher
• College Professor
• Archivist
• Campaign Consultant
• Chief Executive Officer of a Corporation
• Commentator
• Curator
• Detective
• Diplomat
• Editor
• Geneaologist
• Information Specialist
• Intelligence Agent or Analyst
• Lawyer
• Librarian
• Linguist
• Lobbyist
• Military
• News Anchor
• Non-Fiction Author
• Novelist
• Paralegal
• Park Ranger
• Pastor or Theologian
• Policy Analyst
• Politician
• Producer
• Professor
• Publisher
• Reporter
• Research Consultant
• Screenwriter
• Spokesperson
• Sportswriter
• Teacher

The student must complete at least 39 hours in History, including the following courses or their equivalent:

HIST 113 Western Civilization I
HIST 123 Western Civilization II
HIST 213 United States History I
HIST 223 United States History II
HIST 303 Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 403 Research Seminar

Electives: An additional 21 hours must be completed, including at least six hours from upper division American history courses and at least six hours from upper division European, Latin American, Asian and/or other non-U.S. history courses.

The student must complete 21 hours in History, including the following courses or their equivalent:

HIST 113 Western Civilization I
HIST 123 Western Civilization II
HIST 213 United States History I
HIST 223 United States History II
HIST 303 Introduction to the Study of History

Electives: Six hours from upper division courses