BA History

Learn about the past while preparing for your future. In one of the largest undergraduate history programs in the country, you can explore a variety of time periods and regions, from Ancient Greece to modern Mexico, and topics such as sports, engineering and health.


Details

Students pursuing the BA in history study the growth and development of human society from political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. Students learn to craft stories from materials other people have left behind --- constitutions, land deeds, diaries, guns and bones. They learn to make decisions about what to investigate, whom to believe, what happened first, and why things fell apart or came together.

History is a discipline that constantly adopts new techniques of analysis and new ways of gathering and presenting information. Students of history learn to use and create digital media, to perform quantitative as well as qualitative analysis, and to present their findings in compelling ways to all kinds of audiences.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in history offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BA in history (secondary education), the BA in history offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, or the BA in history offered by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general


Accelerated Degrees

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



Admission Requirements

General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission



Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu/request for information about how to change a major to this program.



Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.



Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu



Careers

History majors are in demand. They know how to find and evaluate evidence, form arguments and present analysis --- skills essential to most careers including law, business, education, medicine and government.

Three out of four employers surveyed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop five key learning outcomes: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and applied knowledge in real-world settings. These learning outcomes are integral elements of an undergraduate degree in history.

History majors seek jobs in:

  • business and industry
  • communications
  • education
  • foreign service
  • law enforcement
  • museums
  • public administration
  • social services

History is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional studies in:

  • business
  • history
  • justice studies
  • law
  • medicine
  • public administration
  • public history
  • theology

Archivist


  • Growth: 14.3%
  • Median Salary*: $51,760
  Bright Outlook

Editor


  • Growth: -1.4%
  • Median Salary*: $58,770

Historian


  • Growth: 6.0%
  • Median Salary*: $59,120

History Professor


  • Growth: 10.3%
  • Median Salary*: $72,690
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Officer


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: $79,970

Lawyer


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: $119,250

Military Officer


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:

Museum Curator


  • Growth: 14.0%
  • Median Salary*: $53,770
  Bright Outlook

News Reporter


  • Growth: -10.0%
  • Median Salary*: $39,370
Green Occupation

Politician


  • Growth: 7.1%
  • Median Salary*: $25,630

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).