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B.A. in History

John P. Stead School of Humanities For Christ & Scripture Since 1927

This program includes 40 General Education units, 21 Bible units, 51 Major Core Courses, and 0-9 Emphasis/Electives units.

The B.A. in History equips students with 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 development also prepares them for graduate study in law, theology, history, or political science.


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.

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

• Internships have included the Reagan Library and Illinois Lincoln Center

Study & Serve Abroad

History students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, in the TMU Italy summer programs, in TMU Turkey & Greece trip, and one of ten annual GO! Global Outreach locations.

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy

Alumni & Graduate Degrees

50% of TMU History alumni work in government, 12.5% work in education, and another 12.5% in ministry. For those pursuing teaching careers, the Teaching Credential Program enables students to become excellent teachers who integrate faith into teaching, learning, and living.

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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.

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Be right at home developing meaningful, life-long relationships with like-minded Christians. Students experience a missional, gospel-centered student life both in and out of the classroom. Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship.

A Global Experience 2,500+ TMUS students with around 40% on-campus in undergraduate programs, coming from all around the world and typically including 40 different countries and 40 different states.

A Top-ranked Student Life Rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

A Beautiful Campus 6 residence halls on one of America’s safest ranked campuses, with Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities. Rated Top 10% Nationwide for “Best College Dorms” and “Best College Campuses” (Niche 2020 ranking)

A Community Of Worship 3 chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff, and students. You may already live-stream the service here: Chapel. Additional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach include the History-Movie Club or The Master’s Chorale

Experience it all for yourself


Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach. Endless career opportunities are nearby, and many opportunities to serve in recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.

Affordability & Scholarships

We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We believe in paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and helping students start their careers better prepared for success.

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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.

• Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation *Read: Why do we require this?

*• 3.6 GPA average for new applicants


Learning Outcomes

These are program-level student learning outcomes that have been established by the faculty and staff for the History (B.A.) major:

  1. Describe essential developments of U.S. history, answering “who, what, when, where, why, and how” questions relating to these important events and trends.
  2. Describe essential developments in world history, answering “who, what, when, where, why, and how” questions relating to these important events and trends.
  3. Compare and contrast a biblical philosophy of history with other major philosophies of history.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify, categorize, and describe different philosophical perspectives of history.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research using traditional primary and secondary source materials as well as current technological resources and techniques to produce lucid, logical, and reasonable historical essays.

These are in addition to TMU’s General Education Learning Outcomes which encompass biblical studies, sciences, economics, history, logic & critical thinking, mathematics & quantitative reasoning, music & art, philosophy, political studies, reading & literature, spoken & written communication.

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

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Degree Checklist


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
  • Major Courses keyboard_arrow_down
    Course Number Course Name Units
    H334 20th Century Wars Crises Resets 3
    H383 Ancient Roman History 3
    H332 California Past And Present 3
    H424 Civil War Reconstruction 3
    H335 Colonial Revolutionary America 3
    H326 Contemporary U S History 3
    H381 Cultural Geography 3
    H453 Development Of Modern Europe 3
    H323 Early National Period Of The U S 3
    H346 East Asian History To 1945 3
    H230 Essentials Of U S History 3
    H211 Essentials of World History I 3
    H212 Essentials of World History II 3
    H363 Ethnic America 3
    H421 Historical Research Techniques 3
    H378 Historical Theology 3
    H365 History Of The Church 3
    H327 Latin American History 3
    H315 Medieval Europe 3
    H454 Nineteenth Century Europe 3
    H395X Oxford British Medieval History 5
    H316 Renaissance Europe 3
    H492 Senior Seminar In History 3
    H499 Special Historical Studies 1
    H464 The Reformation Era 3
    H325 The United States From 1941 73 3
    BCH487 U S Church History 3
    H486 U S Church History II 3
    H487 U S Church History 3
    H343 U S Constitutional History 3
    H324 U S History From 1900 1941 3
    H241 U S History I 3
    H242 U S History II 3
    H499a Wars Of America 3
    H311 World History I Plus 3
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