History, B.A.

Program Overview

Are your favorite stories those of history's defining moments, of courageous heroes and epic battles? Do you have a passion to share these stories and the lessons in them? Do you feel called to educate future generations? If so, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History will allow you to blend your zeal for history with your desire for meaningful work.

With research interests as varied as peasant rebellions in China, Japan, and Korea; European construction of identity through art; and gender and class in the American west, PLNU history professors are active scholars who believe history is so much more than rote memorization. Faculty use traditional and contemporary approaches to historical study in their courses, inviting you to experience history for yourself in the classroom, at an internship, and while studying abroad; one course is even taught sailing along the California coast!

This experiential learning will equip you with a solid foundation of historical knowledge, as well as the essential writing, research, and communication skills necessary for teaching high school, going on to graduate school, or moving into a variety of others careers such as law, foreign service, conservation, intelligence, and broadcast journalism.

“I had the opportunity to participate in two internships through PLNU. One was with the San Diego City Attorney's Office and the other was with the U.S. Probation Office.” 

John P Vander Feer, J.D., Class of 1985
Superior Court Judge, State of California

Additionally, as a history major you can join the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, or the Pre-Law Society, both of which help to foster meaningful relationships with your peers. You might also choose to present your research at an academic conference; participate in events hosted by our Institute of Politics and Public Service and the Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies; or travel around the world on a faculty-led trip, studying history’s greatest stories in the locations they took place. Whatever your interests are, PLNU offers a multitude of ways to connect with your passions.

Dr. Rick Kennedy Rowing a Boat

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Rick Kennedy, Ph.D.

For years, Dr. Rick Kennedy, professor of history at PLNU, has been taking a group of six to eight students on a California history course where they also learn to sail. Passionate about both history and sailing, Kennedy calls the course “intense” and “experimental.” His students call it “beyond extraordinary.”

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The bedrock skills of every historian — research, critical thinking, and writing — are applicable across a wide range of careers, with education, law, and foreign service being some notable favorites of PLNU history majors. Recent alumni have also worked for museums, international non-profit organizations, and even the Department of Homeland Security.

PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that combines your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts in History can lead to the following careers:

  • Teaching and Education
  • Domestic or International Law
  • Foreign Service
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curation
  • Journalism
  • Public Affairs
  • Librarian
  • Writer or Editor
  • Documentarian
  • Nonprofit Work

Student Profile

Ben Cater, PhD, Associate Dean of General Education, Director, Humanities Honors Program, Adjunct Professor of History

Ben Cater

Ben Cater (02) has made tremendous strides in his career since graduation. Read more

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