History Degree

Are you fascinated by our collective human past? Do you want to better understand the discoveries, movements and influential people who have helped to shape human history?

Earn your history degree at Hardin-Simmons University to achieve your dreams of delving deep into the social, political and cultural movements that have led to the current moment. We offer two bachelor’s degrees in history: the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Behavioral Science. Our history degree programs provide you with fundamental personal and professional skills like critical thinking, researching, writing and professionalism necessary for success in many industries.

A History Degree That Is Uniquely You

Our Bachelor of Arts in History degree will create a solid foundation in history that you can build on in a master’s or doctoral program. Past B.A. in history graduates have gone on to some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including Columbia University, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University. Whatever your career aspirations are, we make sure you’re more than ready for a wide variety of jobs for history majors.

Program Contact

Don Taylor-Pofessor of History Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Don Taylor

Professor of History, Head of Department of History 325-670-1294

Why Major in History at Hardin-Simmons University?

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Learn from Experienced and Caring Faculty

When you major in history at HSU, you benefit from our faculty’s years of experience both inside and outside the classroom as researchers, educators and mentors. You’ll learn the latest techniques for researching and getting published from active scholars who specialize in Early European, U.S., and classical history with special strengths in Texas and American Southwest history. Even after you graduate, our history degree faculty remain connected to you, offering encouragement and assistance to find rewarding jobs for history majors.

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Community Building

Our history majors develop long-lasting relationships with their peers and faculty mentors. While you earn your history degree at HSU, you’ll have opportunities to join several thriving societies and clubs for history majors, including the local HSU chapter of the history honor fraternity, Phi Alpha Theta. Learn more about student life at HSU for history majors.

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A History Degree With Experience in the Field

Study in one of the richest states for U.S. history and historic sites. At HSU, you’ll have opportunities as you earn your history degree to visit these local historical sites and get experience studying history in the field. You can also participate in HSU-sponsored international study abroad programs so you can apply the knowledge and skills you accrue in the classroom to the real world.

Careers for History Majors
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What Can You Do With a History Degree?

The list of industries and jobs for history majors is incredibly diverse and varies from law to journalism to archiving. Past HSU history majors have gone on to work as lawyers, tutors and educators, project managers and event planners.

If you’re interested in law, the BLS predicts a 9% growth in employment for those in the legal professions.

Jobs for History Majors

  • Museum educator
  • Museum curator
  • Archivist
  • Librarian
  • Lawyer
  • Researcher
  • Journalist

Salary for History Majors

According to the BLS, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in history earn an average salary of $60,000.

Program Details

We offer numerous scholarships and grants for students who major in history. You can also apply to university-wide financial aid. Learn more about scholarships at Hardin-Simmons University.

If you’re considering a bachelor’s degree in history and want to be a history teacher, you should check out our  History Education degree.