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History: B.A.

To you, history is enchanting – the people and pivotal moments of the past are stories you want to understand backward and forward. Perhaps it is the way history is presented, authored or preserved that interests you, and you see its value in everything from public education to decisions made on the world stage.

At Ouachita, we believe studying history is essential not only for your education and identity but also for your engagement with the modern world. You will examine the past on its own terms, learn how to rigorously examine primary documents, analyze critically and be inspired to ask hard questions. History is about the human experience, and you will study its intricacies, its successes and failures and the complex interactions between continuity and change.

  • Law
    Professional Education
    Historic Preservation
    Museums and National Parks
    Library Science
    Government Research
    Technical Writing

  • African/Caribbean History
    Decolonization
    European History
    Germany & Central Europe
    History of American Women
    Civil War and Reconstruction
    U.S. Military History
    Research Seminar           

View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

Learn more about the W.H. Sutton School of Social Sciences.

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of History Faculty Hold Doctoral Degrees

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Recent Grads in Jobs/Grad School

"The Department of History at Ouachita prepared me for all the academic challenges that law school could throw at me. In addition to teaching me invaluable research and writing skills, the history professors helped me to become an empathetic and attentive student of people’s stories. As much or more than research and writing, that skill has served me immensely as I begin a career in legal aid."

Kevin JacksonKevin Jackson

a 2015 Ouachita history graduate, 2020 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and 19th Powell Fellow in Legal Services

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EXPLORE CAREER POSSIBILITIES IN HISTORY

What can you do with a history major? Ouachita history majors have gone on to become lawyers, librarians, public servants and teachers. They have been employed by museums, the foreign service, intelligence services, national parks, research institutes and many more. If this is your passion, our faculty are dedicated to helping you explore your career options.

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TAILOR YOUR STUDIES TO FIT YOUR INTERESTS

Because our history degree requires only 30 credit hours, many students double major in another field of interest. If you are interested in attending law school, consider legal studies, English or political science. Or, if you are planning to enter the workforce after college and want to pursue public history, politics or education, you can tailor your studies to set you on your desired career path.

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GAIN AN APPRECIATION FOR RESEARCH

Ouachita’s history program emphasizes research, critical analysis, applied writing and presentation as critical skills no matter your career path. From introductory classes that prepare you for research and writing within the major to a capstone Research Seminar on a topic of your choosing, you’ll earn constructive feedback from your professors, who are all published scholars, throughout your four years in the program.

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WHERE YOU CAN STUDY UNDER PUBLISHED SCHOLARS

and ask them your burning historical questions

Don’t you love sitting down to chat with someone who really knows their stuff? Your faculty in the history program are just that and make class lectures and discussions fascinating. With deep expertise in United States, European, African and Caribbean histories, Ouachita’s history faculty are dynamic teachers. They are as comfortable authoring a serious scholarly article – and all have – as grabbing a cup of coffee with you in the student center.

W.H. SUTTON SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Sutton School of Social Sciences offers in-depth study in the fields of history, political science, psychology, sociology, public history and social justice studies. Our faculty encourage our students to become enlightened, engaged citizens who embrace an ethic of service to God and humanity.

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