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Bachelor of Arts (BA), History

Program Overview

A History degree at Anderson University provides students with a diverse skillset that is applicable to a wide range of career paths. History majors will develop strong research, analytical, and critical-thinking skills through the study of past events and their implications. These skills are highly sought after in fields such as education, archival work, museum curation, historical preservation, journalism, publishing, law, public policy, and government. Our History degree provides a foundation for a diverse array of professions that value rigorous research, analytical thinking, effective communication, and a deep understanding of human societies and cultures throughout time.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

120

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 120
Program Type: BA
Location: Seated (Main Campus)
Time to Complete: 4 years (8 semesters)
Start Date: Fall: August | Spring: January
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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Career Outlook

You will be uniquely prepared to enter challenging careers in education, government, business, and politics. From working with an elected official to a career in the nonprofit sector, our History degree prepares you for many entry-level positions, including the following careers:

  • Journalist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Legal Research
  • Archivist
  • Policy Advocate

By combining the History major or minor with other programs, like Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Criminal Justice, or Business, you will be better prepared for employment after graduation or graduate school. This program will help prepare you for law school, an MBA, or a graduate degree in additional fields. You will be prepared for graduate study in:

  • Law
  • Business
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Higher Education
  • Library Sciences
  • Museum Studies
  • Theology


Starting Salaries

Postsecondary History Teacher: $79,400 Historian: $64,510 Librarian/Media Collections Specialist: $61,660 Museum Curator: $60,380 Archivist: $58,640 News Analyst, Reporter, or Journalist: $55,960 Museum Technicians and Conservators: $47,270 Recent national median salaries source: Bureau of Labor

 

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Career Outlook

You will be uniquely prepared to enter challenging careers in education, government, business, and politics. From working with an elected official to a career in the nonprofit sector, our History degree prepares you for many entry-level positions, including the following careers:

  • Journalist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Legal Research
  • Archivist
  • Policy Advocate

By combining the History major or minor with other programs, like Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Criminal Justice, or Business, you will be better prepared for employment after graduation or graduate school. This program will help prepare you for law school, an MBA, or a graduate degree in additional fields. You will be prepared for graduate study in:

  • Law
  • Business
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Higher Education
  • Library Sciences
  • Museum Studies
  • Theology


Starting Salaries

Postsecondary History Teacher: $79,400 Historian: $64,510 Librarian/Media Collections Specialist: $61,660 Museum Curator: $60,380 Archivist: $58,640 News Analyst, Reporter, or Journalist: $55,960 Museum Technicians and Conservators: $47,270 Recent national median salaries source: Bureau of Labor

 

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

No previous degree is required to enroll in this program.

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Transcript Requirements

Official high school or GED transcripts will need to be submitted as part of the application process for this program. Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their previous school.

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Additional Admission Requirements

Two essays (prompts) OR Official SAT, ACT, or CLT scores

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Application Deadline

Anderson University has a rolling admission process (students are notified when the are accepted whenever that is during the year) but students are encouraged to apply by the following dates: December 1st for the best scholarship consideration and no later than July 1st to begin in the fall semester.

More Information

I-20 Approved: Yes
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): Yes
Program Director:
Roger Flynn
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
41 Credit Hours – University Core Requirements | 33 Credit Hours – History Major Core Requirements | 46 Credit Hours – General Electives
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