The Bachelor of Arts in History at St. Edward’s embraces the people and places of the past and examines the complex interplay of culture, ideas and everyday life. The versatility of a history degree is well suited to careers ranging from researcher or archivist to museum curator, lawyer or teacher.
You’ll study the impact of people, ideas and events on communities and world culture as you gain valuable historical knowledge and hone your research, writing, critical thinking and analytical skills.
Bachelor of Arts in History
As a BA in History major, you’ll explore the origins and evolution of different cultures. You’ll learn about people, events, cultures, geography, politics and ideas and be able to make sense of the complex situations that occurred in the past and exist today. You’ll explore and gain an understanding of the issues that face the United States and the world in an ever-changing global community.
With a BA in History, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of fields. History graduates may work as foreign service officers, lawyers, museum curators or archivists. Other opportunities include careers as professional writers, information managers conducting research, librarians and teachers in elementary or secondary schools. This degree is also appealing to international employers seeking experts who understand local cultures and history.
Students often select the BA in History degree as a bridge to law school, or to graduate school in order to teach at the college level. Close interaction with the history faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, research and program events — prepares you with expertise and skills in research, analysis and writing that employers value.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• U.S. History to 1877
• U.S. History Since 1877
• Introduction to Historical Methods
• Western Civilization
• World Civilization: Pre-Modern
• World Civilization: Modern
• European History: Reformation Through 1900
• Senior Research Seminar
• 20th Century Europe
Choose 21 hours minimum of electives
V. AREA REQUIREMENTS (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Latin American History
• U.S. History (Upper-division course)
• European History
VI. HISTORY ELECTIVES (6 CREDIT HOURS):
Choose two other History courses.
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
History majors have the option to complete internships with prominent historical associations, top businesses and nonprofit agencies. Internships are excellent opportunities to explore your passion for a particular era or historical issue and to sharpen your analytical skills and collaborate with field professionals. An internship is an outstanding addition to your résumé and can give you a distinct advantage for graduate school or your career path.
Our students have gained valuable on-the-job experience in organizations such as these:
- Archeology Lab, Texas State Historical Commission
- Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Texas State Cemetery
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission
At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in hands-on historical research as a significant component of your courses. A major, original research paper is central to the BA in History degree. You’ll collaborate with professors and build confidence and skills that prepare you for graduate studies and your career.
Our history majors have won numerous research awards and have presented their work at professional forums, including:
- Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Conference
- Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s University
- World History Association of Texas Conference
Our students have had their research published in such journals as:
- Arete – St. Edward’s University academic journal
- J Source – St. Edward’s University undergraduate research journal
- Texas Heritage – journal of the Texas Heritage Society