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What is a History major?

Africa, Britain, Greece -- these three specialties of the History department faculty members at Kingimg University show a little of our breadth. The History department offers an atmosphere where you will get to know other students and your faculty well.  The department works for depth in the college classroom and extracurricular activities.

As a History major, you will take a variety of courses. Topics range from the Tudor and Stewart monarchies to sub-Saharan African history to the effects of 9/11 on American politics.  Your professors hold Ph.D.s from top research institutions and pursue scholarships, but are also committed to dynamic classroom teaching and careful student advising.

The standard History major requires 36 semester hours of coursework. Another alternative is an Integrative track, which streamlines double-majors in other historically-related fields such as Philosophy and Religion, English, Fine Arts and French or Spanish.  The Integrative track requires 28 semester hours in History along with 16 semester hours in the second discipline.  You can also work toward Secondary Education licensure in History by adding a Secondary Education minor.

Outside the classroom, the student-led History and Political Science Society arranges social events, and the department holds biannual picnics.  Our majors have participated in numerous travel programs, from Austria to London to Prague.  Recent internships have included work in an AIDS hospice in South Africa, the Tennessee state legislature, a living history museum, and the FBI.

What can I do with a History major?

As a History major, you will be prepared to continue your study in graduate school or to enter the job market in a variety of fields.

What are History majors doing?

Several distinctions have been attained by King University History graduates, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a Nobel Institute Fellowship, a Teach for America placement, and numerous law school scholarships and graduate school fellowships.  Recent graduates have gone to further study at:

  • Michigan State University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Auburn University
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University of Tennessee
  • Penn State University

King University History graduates have gone on to many careers including:


CEO position

College professor

Dojo administrator

English teacher in Korea




Non-profit administrator

Secondary teacher

State representative

Swedish Embassy secretary

Teach for America teacher in Harlem

US Department of Labor Deputy Director

US Department of State consultant


History Faculty

History Coursework

To view all required courses for a BA in History click here.

To view course descriptions please click here.

Laptop Requirement

The Criminal Justice program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


For information about accreditation click here.




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