Bachelor of Arts in History

Love history and current events?

A degree in history will prepare you well for teacher certification, graduate school or law school. A degree in history sets you up for a wide variety of career options. Pfeiffer’s curriculum supports the development of critical thinking, writing, oral communication and independent research skills – skills that are foundational for most business, leadership, nonprofit and government positions.

Pfeiffer’s history program offers two options: a bachelor of arts in history or a history — social studies teaching licensure track through which you prepare for a career in education.

Enhance your education experience by joining the History Club to experience an exciting blend of current events and an examination of how history affects today’s culture.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate history program, in the division of arts and sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.


The history curriculum of 39 semester hours (SH) provides a broad spectrum of courses covering all periods of history in all areas of the world. In addition to several required courses, the curriculum provides history majors the flexibility to design a course of study that meets their unique career goals and personal interests (with the approval of the department chair).

Requirements for a Major in History

Core Courses (27 SH)

  • HSTY 103 U.S. History to 1865
  • HSTY 104 U.S. History since 1865
  • HSTY 160H World History Before 1492
  • HSTY 161H World History After 1492
  • HSTY 299G Topics in Global History
  • HSTY 204H African-American History
  • 1 400 Level American History
  • 1 400 Level European History
  • HSTY 501 Research in History

Additional Courses (12 SH) must be selected from the offerings in History.

NOTE: Foreign languages are highly recommended for those considering graduate study in history.

Requirements for a Minor in History (18 SH)

The Minor in History offers students the opportunity to study in-depth the History of the United States and World. The six-course minor provides both focused content to correspond with student interest and practical development of the research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to the historian’s craft.

Choose 9 SH courses from the following:

  • HSTY 103H US History to 1865
  • HSTY 104H US History since 1865
  • HSTY 160H World History to 1492  
  • HSTY 161H World History since 1492    
  • HSTY 203 North Carolina History  
  • HSTY 204H African American History    
  • HSTY 299G Topics in Global History*         

*HSTY 299G may be taken for additional credit as long as the topic is different.

Additional Coursess (9 SH)

Complete three HSTY courses at the 300 level or above. In special circumstances, students may be given permission to use HSTY 429 or HSTY 501 among these selections.

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Secondary Education Teaching Licensure

If you are interested in teaching grades 9-12, visit our secondary education teaching licensure certificate page.

The teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Division of Education 

Visit the division of education page to find out more information about:

  • Application for admission to the education program
  • Student teaching
  • Pfeiffer’s AIG (academically and intellectually gifted) add-on licensure program
  • Education-specific scholarship programs
  • Pfeiffer University’s CAEP National Accreditation (through 2021)

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Graduates with a degree in history may continue their studies in graduate or law school or may choose to pursue careers in teaching, government, foreign service, journalism, archival work or business. A solid liberal arts degree is a great foundation for any job that requires excellent critical thinking and communication skills.

Ready to get started? Apply now.

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