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Bachelor of Arts History Degree

Our history program boasts a breadth of curriculum that allows students to take courses in a broad range of U.S. and world history subjects. Our professors all hold Ph.Ds in history and have a combined experience of over forty years in higher education. We are committed to a rigorous academic program and to providing students with a Christian liberal arts learning experience.

Learning Outcomes:

During their studies, successful students in history will learn to:

  1. clearly evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments embedded in secondary sources
  2. interpret the meaning of peoples as expressed in their writings (primary documents) and to explain effectively their impact their ideas had on their culture
  3. conduct sound historical research that includes identifying relevant information, evaluating authority, and retrieving, recording and managing information for use in research
  4. place events and their participants into historical and chronological context and to explain why actions that took place in the past are historically significant
  5. develop awareness of where history took place by locating regions, countries, cities, and other geographic features on world maps

Degree Information

  • - 46 credit hours of combined credit hours in core and elective classes
  • - a minor in another field is required
  • - 6 credit hours of a foreign language is required for a B.A.
  • - a semester abroad is not required, but highly encouraged
  • Required Core Classes
    • - HP 1483 U.S. History I
    • - HP 1493 U.S. History II
    • - HP 1533 Modern World
    • - HP 2013 World Civilizations I
    • - HP 2113 Historical Methods
    • - HP 4393 Field Studies in History
    • - HP 4912 Senior Project
  • Electives

        24 credit hours of upper division courses offered in the History, Politics, and Law Department 

Success after Graduation

Many SNU history graduates choose to pursue graduate degrees in history. Former students have entered gradate programs at schools across the country, including Baylor University, Rice University, the University of Oklahoma, and many others. Others have entered graduate programs in fields such as museum studies, law, public administration, and theology.

History Degree Careers

Completion of a degree program in history enables students with good academic records to enter graduate study in:

  • History
  • Political Science
  • Law
  • International Relations
  • Anthropology

Download the History Degree Plan
Download the History Four Year Degree Plan 

The Program

  • Boasts a breadth of curriculum that intentionally engaged the relationship between faith and psychology
  • Offers a degree that is tailored to each individual student and their career/education goals
  • Integrates writing through a number of research reports, essays and reviews
  • Includes historical research projects that will help students learn how to evaluate information
  • Encourages students to take advantage of SNU’s Semester Abroad Experience in several world-wide locations

The Professors

  • Each hold a Ph.D. in history
  • Over 40 years of combined experience teaching in higher education
  • Are committed to a Christian liberal arts education
  • Have a strong desire to create a personal, learning experience for each student

The Preparation

  • SNU graduates hold the knowledge to get great jobs or continue their education
  • Our graduates have worked for organizations in the United States and around the world
  • Many of our graduates have success pursuing graduate studies and have been accepted into schools across the country including, Rice, OSU, Baylor and more

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Alumni Spotlight

Aaron Bolerjack
History alumni Aaron Bolerjack from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma
Currently: An international volunteer missionary with the Church of the Nazarene, specializing in European coffeehouse ministry

Responsibilities: While abroad Bolerjack frequently guest lectures in European universities and English groups, and will be teaching a class through SNU’s Online Associates Degree Program while working in the UK.
Achievements: Graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History from SNU and summa cum laude with his MA in History from OSU. He has presented scholarly papers at a variety of regional historical conferences, served as a guest lecturer for multiple schools and universities and holds local and district minister’s licenses. He is currently completing his studies for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.

In His Words: “My SNU classes helped prepare me for the kind of rigorous reading, writing, research and class discussion required first for my graduate education and later in my work as a tutor, teaching assistant and undergraduate instructor.”


Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage