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Columbia College Bachelor of Arts in History

Knowing history tells you as much about today and tomorrow as it does about yesterday. Explore your passion for history with a Bachelor of Arts in History Degree from Columbia College.

Discover U.S. and world history at Columbia College.

What causes economic growth in a society over time? What are the conditions that foster social tolerance and cohesion? You learn these types of things by studying history. We offer a vibrant course of study that will help you become a resourceful and skillful thinker, researcher, writer, and communicator. At Columbia College, you’ll engage with the world’s peoples while developing cultural literacy and problem-solving skills.

You’ll explore history in the U.S. and across the world, and create your own individual focus. As you work with a variety of evidential sources, including technological- and web-based resources, you’ll build an important skill set that will serve you well after you gain your degree. Since you’ll take responsibility for much of your own learning and research, you develop the confidence of genuine independence.

Opportunities to study:

  • War and society
  • The history of women in the U.S. and globally
  • Europe, Fascism and the Holocaust
  • Native American history
  • African American history
  • The modern Middle East
  • U.S. business history
  • Sex and sexuality in the U.S.,
  • History of science and technology

Education Certification for History and Social Studies

Our history program integrates well with CC’s certification program for teaching social studies at the middle-school or secondary level. Check out how you can earn your certification.

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History graduates succeed in a wide variety of careers. Join them!

Nationally, some 20% go into the educational sector. Our history program integrates well with the CC’s certification program for teaching history and social studies at the middle-school or secondary level. Our graduates successfully gain teaching positions.

Other History graduates help businesses operate with a broad understanding of the world. Some 15% of History majors in the U.S. bring research, memory, and communication skills to fields like management, finance, or marketing.

Around 10% of History students in the U.S. go into the legal field. History is ideal training for law school, especially when coupled with a philosophy or political science minor. At CC, those programs share the same department, helping you succeed in aiming for a legal career.

Some possible paths include:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Library sciences
  • Museum curating and educating
  • Financial services
  • Public policy
  • Social services

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Dr. Brad Lookingbill

"When I’m engaged in scholarship, when I’m engaged in the practice of writing and thinking critically, I model the behaviors I want my students to demonstrate. As long as I can stay connected with students, I can continue imparting something to them about history that they can use."

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  • Core requirements 42 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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