bachelor of arts in history

Bachelor of Arts in History

Study history. Understand the world. Be an agent for change in the world.

The study of history prepares you to think critically, argue logically, and to examine the legacies of people and events across time and space. History helps you analyze the values of their society and those of other societies, as well as grapple with the responsibilities of informed citizenship.

With a history degree, you will enter the workforce with the ability to recognize the fundamental importance of context, perspective, and contingency to the changes and continuities that occur between individual lives, communities, countries, and continents. You will acquire not just a firm knowledge of the past, but also develop an invaluable way to approach and analyze the world.

Why choose the B.A. in History at Marian?

MLK group tripThe Department of History and Social Sciences fulfills Marian University’s mission to prepare transformative leaders with excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition by offering a well-rounded course of studies that promotes both academic excellence and an appreciation of humanity's diverse history.

The history curriculum is designed around specific goals:

  • To cultivate a sense of the past to new generations, especially the multiple heritages of the peoples of the United States.
  • Introduce and help you understand the diversity of peoples throughout the world.
  • Transform academically ambitious students into lifelong, independent learners, responsible, morally committed professionals, and thoughtful members of society.
  • Present new scholarly research in the classroom and in the wider world of the public to help frame local, national and global issues.

We accomplish these goals in the following ways:

  • Immersive Learning Programs
    • Civil Rights History Program in Alabama
    • Applied Historical Research Methods throughout Indiana
    • Faculty-led Immersion Courses at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England
  • Interdisciplinary Department
    • The Department History and Social Sciences houses five majors and five minors which affords our students multiple opportunities to engage with interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary study and research.  
  • Small classes with a low student to teacher ratio
  • Individualized advising with student's major professor
  • Study Abroad Opportunities
    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • South Africa
    • Rewanda
    • Germany
    • El Salvador

What will you study?

To earn the 128-credit Bachelor of Arts in History degree, you will complete at least 36 credits of courses focused on history, including five core courses:

  • HIS 102: Introduction to the Modern World
  • HIS 216: American History from 1490 – 1864
  • HIS 217: United States History from 1865 – Present
  • HIS 301: Historical Research Methods
  • HIS 490: History Senior Seminar

In addition to the core history course, you will have the opportunity to choose at least seven additional HIS courses at or above the 300 level. Working closely with your academic advisor, you can choose from courses on topics such as:

  • Women’s and Gender History
  • Social Movements
  • Movies in Historical Perspective
  • African-American History
  • Genocide
  • Global Slave Systems
  • Politics in the Middle East
  • War and Memory
  • Labor History
  • African History
  • Modern Revolutions
  • Imperialism

Customize your studies

To add more depth to your studies – and further your career interests and options – you can consider adding one of these academic minors to your plan of study. Each of them work well with a history degree and will provide you with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary historical analysis.  

Minors or concentrations from which you might choose:

History sample four-year plan and checklist

Double major in history and secondary education four-year plan and checklist

Internship opportunities

The Department of History and Social Sciences at Marian University has working relationships with a growing number of local organizations that provide our students with opportunities to develop their skills through guided internships.

  • Indiana State Museum
  • Indiana State Archives
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Governor’s Public Service Internship
  • Indiana State House – Legislative Session Internships
  • Non-Profits such as
    • Girls, Inc.
    • accessAbility
    • Indianapolis Urban League
    • Faith in Indiana
    • Community, Faith & Labor Coalition
    • Indiana Youth Group

What are your career paths?

Occupation Salary Range
Lawyer $58,220 to $208,000
Geographer $50,720 to $109,900
Elementary or High School Teacher $37,780 to $97,500
History Professor $40,600 to $134,170
Research Analyst $36,463 to $77,632
Librarian $34,630 to $93,050
Archivist $30,440 to $90,830
Curator or Museum Conservator $25,430 to $94,330
Professional Historian $29,270 to $110,670
Event Planner $27,560 to $84,900
Editor, Journalist, or Writer $31,700 to $121,670
Politician $37,340 to $174,704
Non-Profit Activist $23,850 to $90,300
Data gathered from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, website last visited on September 9, 2019. 
howard-zinn

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” 

Howard Zinn

For more information

Bessie Rigakos, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Sociology
(317) 955-6143
brigakos@marian.edu
Marian Hall, Room 307A

For more information

Dr. Adrianna L. Ernstberger
Assistant Professor of Global History
Director of Gender Studies
(317) 955-6522 
aernstberger@marian.edu 
Marian Hall, 306-B 

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