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B.A. in History

The TMU B.A. in History is designed to help students develop an understanding of the complex factors that have produced present-day civilizations, as well as helping students become responsible Christian citizens. With an emphasis on systematic research and analysis, students receive instruction in preparation for careers in education, business, government service, public relations, or library work. Their preparation also prepares them for graduate study in law, theology, history or political science.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE. - John MacArthur

The department acknowledges that God is sovereign in human affairs of the past, present and future. With that foundational truth students are aided in developing Christian philosophies of history and politics as parts of an overarching biblically-based world view.

With 5-15 students in major classes, TMU offers close teacher-student mentorship and a high-level of scholarship


Experience this program for yourself

Southern California: A beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

  • See more info: Admissions Events


Study & Serve Abroad

Students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, and a wide range of different options each semester.

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): 1 semester at TMU’s Israel campus

  • GO! Global Outreach: 6 weeks of partnering with TMU Missionary Alumni to serve churches around the world while advancing studies.

  • Bi-annual Turkey & Greece Winter Break Trip. 2 weeks traveling to ancient sites and places to which Paul addressed his letters. Students can earn class credit.

  • Italy Summer Semester. 6 weeks in the summer, earn up to twelve (12) credits while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history.


Student Life

Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus. TMU’s Student Life is consistently top ranked in the nation by alumni, and the beautiful campus consistently rated among the safest. Learn more here: Student Life

  • Top-ranked Student Life: rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com

  • #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

  • 6 dorms for resident life

  • 3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students

  • 10+ Campus Societies

  • Intentional opportunities for Community Outreach

  • We welcome veterans, international students, and third-culture students


Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Master’s University strives to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, and consequently, our tuition is among the most economical for a private university. See full details here: Financial Aid - Undergraduate

  • -26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable private 4-year Christian schools

  • Nearly 2x Higher Graduation Rate vs. Public Institutions: TMU’s 61.2% graduation rate leads compared to average Christian colleges (52.9%), and almost doubles the rate of students at public institutions (32.8%) (source: cccu.org, 2019). This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and starting your career faster.

  • TMU Scholarships

  • TMU Endowed & Donor Scholarships

  • Student Career Center

  • Work Study


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

50% of alumni work in government, 12.5% work in education and another 12.5% in ministry. For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice.

Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • 100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

  • Easy Online Application: see all admission deadlines and criteria here: Apply

Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
  • See more info: Admissions Events

History Core Courses

  • H211 Essentials of World History I (3)

  • H212 Essentials of World History II (3)

  • H230 Essentials of United States History (3)

  • H343 United States Constitutional History (3)

  • H421 Historical Research Techniques (3)

  • H492 Senior Seminar in History (3)

Additional History Courses

  • Two upper division U.S. history electives (6)

  • Two upper division European history electives (6)

  • Two upper division Non-U.S., Non-European history electives (6)

  • Additional upper division history electives (9 )

  • Additional history or social science electives (6)

Total units required for major (51)

History Education Emphasis Courses

  • History core & additional history courses (51)

  • One of the following (3)

    • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory (3)

    • ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching (3)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education* (3)

  • P321 Philosophies of Education** (3)

Total units required for emphasis (60)

*May be substituted with ED101, ED202, and ED301.

**Fulfills general education requirement for P311.


Minor in History

For a minor in history, the following courses are required:

  • H211 Essentials of World History I (3)

  • H212 Essentials of World History II (3)

  • H230 Essentials of U.S. History (3)

  • Upper division history electives* (9)

Total units required for minor (18)

*The nine units in upper division electives must be courses listed by the TMU History Department (or IBEX course offerings that are clearly history courses). Courses that do not begin with an H, taken with other departments, will not count.

Prof Publications

Prof. John Owen: The Hidden History of the Historic Fundamentalists 1933-1948: Reconsidering the Historic Fundamentalists’ Response to the Upheavals, Hardships and Horrors of the 1930s and 1940s

Degree Checklists

Bachelor of Arts in History

Degree Checklist

Programs

Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 51
Emphasis/Electives: 0-9

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Machiavelli
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Western Political Philosophy
  • Renaissance Europe
  • Ancient Roman History
  • Europe from 1914-1945

Career Paths

  • Historian
  • Politician
  • Political Scientist
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator
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