Bachelor of Arts in History

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As a discipline encompassing every aspect of the human experience, the study of history is essential to a liberal arts education. Our students learn to think constructively about the present by making connections to the past, and through persistent questioning of texts, convincing analytical reasoning, research skills, and effective oral and written communication.

Bachelor of Arts in History

Our history major helps students develop an understanding of the complex factors that have produced the civilization and conditions of the present century. Such an understanding is necessary for becoming responsible citizens, and provides a valuable background for many careers including government service, law, education, library science, business, journalism, and the arts.

Minor in History

Our minor in history is an excellent complement to many majors, because the systematic study of the past helps students develop a deeper understanding of the complex factors that have produced present society.

Beyond Classes

Professional Training

Those who believe that one can't "do anything" with a History degree quite mistake the matter! History's insistence on clean argumentation, persuasive analytical prose, excellence in oral disputation, and a carefully calibrated understanding of ideas, society, culture, and politics makes a History major the ideal preparation for success in any field of professional endeavor.

Integrative Learning

Historical study encompasses every aspect of the human experience. It both imparts information critical to a mature understanding of the past and develops proficiencies in the arts of inquiry, such as analytical reasoning, research skills, and effective oral and written communication. It involves students with their teachers in a rigorous process of investigation, discovery, and mutual endeavor.

Humanistic Excellence

Typically attracting some of the University's most academically talented students, historical study at Pepperdine promotes an expansive range of mind, confidence to anchor opinions in deep understandings of human behavior, and courage to approach even exceptionally entangled problems. Students learn to think constructively about the present by making connections to the past, and to sustain a fertile life of the mind beyond graduation.

Professional Training

History's insistence on excellence in persuasive writing, reasoned oral discussion, and broad understanding of ideas, society, culture, and politics, offers ideal preparation for success in any field of professional endeavor. History graduates go on to influential careers in:

  • Teaching at all levels
  • Academic scholarship
  • Business, marketing, and consulting
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Civil service and the military
  • Law and the judiciary
  • NGO advocacy
  • Libraries and archives
  • Medicine
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Publising and editing

Career Resources

Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

The Humanities and Teacher Education Division sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history. Membership for faculty and students alike is a recognition of excellence in scholarship. At its biennial convention, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to meet distinguished historians and to present their own research papers. Members also receive the society's journal, The Historian.

Business Emphasis for History Majors

History students interested in pursuing business careers should take certain business-related courses in addition to their major. These courses should assist them in entering MBA programs or in finding employment upon graduation. Copies of this list are on file in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division office (CAC 300).

Online Resource List: Primary Historical Documents

Notable History Alumni

Student Testimonials

Possible Minors

Women's Studies Minor

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Our women's studies minor helps students to reshape their thinking about culture and societies. We offer feminist perspectives that uncover the dynamics of both masculine and feminine gender.

Ethnic Studies Minor

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Our ethnic studies minor focuses on the historical experiences, creative expression, and interactions of the various ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic groups in the United States and other countries.

African American Studies Minor

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We offer an interdisciplinary African American studies minor that provides students with a critical understanding of the historical, social and political thought and experience of African Americans.