Bachelor of Arts in History

GCU's contemporary history programs captivate a learner with the interests that scholars have today. From a historical context, learners reflect about society and themselves. The Bachelor of Arts in History at GCU explores the discipline thematically, as a more engaging alternative to a chronological study.

Historians study the past to deepen their understanding of the complexities in the modern world. The program introduces the study of history as a scholarly discipline. It explores the work of major historians and develops a foundational set of tools that are valued by employers and used by historians.

Course Content

Through a disciplined study of the past, learners are given an orientation of the complexity and diversity in the world, to meet the competitive demands of a global economy. The program addresses the larger issues that scholars explore today. A comparative study of social conflict identifies patterns of human action, violence, and social change.

The skills provided in a history degree can be applied to a variety of settings. Law schools typically admit candidates with strong reading skills for synthesis and an ability to research, write and think critically. This curriculum serves as a more favorable alternative to a generic pre-law program and meets the competitive requirements of a law school application.

Career Objectives

The foundational structures for a graduate degree in history or business are provided. Jobs for history majors open up in several areas, which include:
  • Business Management
  • Mass Communication
  • Policy Making
  • Government
  • Public Service
  • Teaching
A history major at GCU develops the skills and knowledge associated with a liberal arts education, envisioned through a Christian worldview. Graduates who earn this history degree online or on campus are offered the essential skills to research, write, reason critically and communicate effectively.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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