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B.A. in History

The Department of History and Political Studies 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, History and Political Studies majors 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.

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.

The department offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees with five different areas of emphasis. Every course helps students integrate Christian faith with their academic fields.

When pursuing a Political Studies degree from our Christian university, students choose from three available emphases: American Politics, Constitutional Law or Political Theory. The Constitutional Law emphasis constitutes excellent preparation for law school.

Christian students desiring a History degree may choose Church History or General History. Anyone seeking a History major and planning to attend seminary should choose the Church History emphasis. Anyone wanting to teach history should consider the following paragraphs:

  • A survey taken in 2012 shows that of alumni from our department nearly 50% work in government, 12.5% work in education and another 12.5% in ministry

  • There are 5-15 students in major classes allowing for close teacher-student mentorship and a high-level of scholarship


Why Master’s?

100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

Biblical Fidelity All classes and student life defined by biblical inerrancy, including a literal 6-day creation.

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

#4 Best Student-Teacher Ratio, 12:1 (US News)

TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (Niche.com, 2019)

3.6 GPA average for new applicants

-26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable

Southern California Close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses

95% graduate school acceptance rate

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


  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): TMU is the only campus to offer an entire semester abroad in Israel. Through the Israel Bible Extension program (IBEX) a student can spend a semester studying the Bible in the land it occurred and earn 15-18 units. Learn more about IBEX.

  • Italy summer semester. Students will live in Florence for six weeks in the summer and earn twelve (12) undergraduate credits in a variety of courses while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history. Learn more.

  • GO! Global Outreach teams to 10+ global locations each year combine practical application of your learning, evangelism, community outreach, and broadening of perspectives. Learn more.

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