Skip to page content

B.A. in History


Our Bachelor of Arts in History program is designed to hone your critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills. The study of history is not about memorizing names or dates, it is about understanding the history behind who you are through your ancestry, country origin, etc. Moreover, our program will teach you to think critically about the world around you and recognize the underlying motivations of politicians, religious leaders, and social media activists. Studying history is an empowering experience that will teach you the skills necessary to succeed in any career you choose.

Jump Right In

Our history program is flexible, allowing you to specialize in a variety of historical eras and fields. Every history major is require to take core university courses in the liberal arts, as well as Historical Methods, which teaches the craft of historical scholarship. In addition, we offer a wide array of upper level courses that cover exciting topics.

Designed With You in Mind

Our faculty and staff members are dedicated to your success. They are nationally recognized experts in their fields who bring their award-winning scholarship into the classroom. Not only will they be your teachers, they will serve as advisors and mentors every step of the way. The History program also offers several social and academic clubs where students are able to interact with their professors outside the classroom. 


Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

Plan Your Future

Student helping another student.

Career Opportunities

What can you do with a BA in history? The answer is simple: Anything you want! A degree in history is essentially a degree in critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving, research, and writing skills that can be applied in any career field. The most common career paths for history majors include:

  • Business - Entrepreneur
  • Lawyer - Legal Profession
  • Politics - Public Service/span>
  • Researcher
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Professional Writer
  • Museums, Public History Sites, National Park Services
WK Gordon Center

Real Experience

Our program offers a variety of hands-on experiences through clubs such as Phi Alpha Theta, and internship opportunities that are in direct relation to your career aspirations. Past students have completed internships with state political leaders, local government offices, and museums.

Career Services

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

  • Expand your knowledge of History and your understanding of its importance in the contemporary world
  • Prepare you for real-world situations and careers
  • Develop critical thinking skills about the world around you
  • Develop your research and writing skills
  • Provide an engaging, interactive, and quality course of study

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
HIST 3310 Colonial North America
HIST 3312 A Nation Divided, 1815-1860
HIST 3315 Rise of Industrial America
HIST 3320 The Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 4301 United States and the World
HIST 4320 Europe 1850-1919
HIST 4331 World Since 1919

For the full listing of our courses, please refer to our online catalog.

Facilities and Features

Group of students talking in the library.

Phi Alpha Theta

The Alpha Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) is starting out this semester with great expectations and we are looking for students who qualify for membership. To see if you qualify or for more information, contact Dr. Janet Schmelzer.

O. A. Grant Building

Dr. O. A. Grant Scholarship

Endowed in honor of Tarleton's Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, these $1,000 scholarships are offered to qualified history and political science majors. As many as ten academically outstanding students can receive this scholarship during an academic year. For more information please refer to the O.A. Grant Scholarship page.

Dr. Landis' book.

Exceptional Faculty

Many of our History faculty have completed major publications in their research areas. Your studies will be guided by outstanding professors who will mold your skills, implement engaging coursework, and provide a well-rounded academic experience that will be applicable beyond your time at Tarleton State University.