B.A. in History

APU history majors engage in thoughtful study of the past in order to gain the proper perspective for making judgments in the present.

42 units

History is the study of the human record of the human past. As an academic discipline, history is comprehensive insofar as it records and explains the development, causes, and effects over time of all other disciplines. Thoughtful study of the past provides a necessary perspective for making judgments in the present. It instructs the student in human possibilities and limits. Course offerings include studies in American, European, and world history, as well as focused studies of various historical themes and different regions.   

Career Opportunities

The history major prepares students for careers calling for clear and logical reasoning, the ability to analyze complex relations between cause and effect, well-developed writing skills, and familiarity with other cultures and times. The most common vocational pursuits include teaching, law, government service, and careers as archivists, researchers, librarians, museum curators, and consultants. 


To graduate as department majors or minors, students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in program courses.

Core Courses
HIST 120World Civilizations to 1648 1,23
HIST 121World Civilizations Since 1648 13
HIST 151United States History to 1877 13
HIST 152United States History Since 1877 13
HIST 200The Varieties of History3
HIST 300Writing 3: Introduction to Historical Studies 33
POLI 496Senior Seminar: Religion and Politics 43
Subject Courses
Select courses totaling 6 units from each of the following subfields:
History of America 56
History of American Foreign Affairs
The American West
History of American Immigration 6
Colonial Era
The Revolution and the Republic
Civil War and Reconstruction
Emergence of Modern America
Modern America
Modern American Intellectual History
History of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East 56
Modern Africa
History of the Middle East I: Early and Medieval Islam
History of the Middle East II: Modern Middle East
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Colonial Latin America
Ritual and Re-enactment in Modern Latin America
History of Europe 56
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Topics in French History
Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation
Enlightenment Europe
Europe 1789-1914
Europe 1914-1992
Elective Courses 7
Select one 3-unit HIST elective from any of the above subfields or from the following:3
World Geography
History of California
A Year in Time
Humanities Seminar
Topics in Cinema and History
Historical Themes
Directed Research
Total Units42

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events, ideas, and trends in American history.
  2. Describe and analyze the major events, ideas, and developments of world history.
  3. Analyze primary and secondary sources and develop a historical argument based on them.
  4. Articulate how a Christian worldview informs the study of history.