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B.A. in History

John P. Stead School of Humanities

The TMU B.A. in History is committed to students’ academic & spiritual grow. The program 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.

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


On-Campus

STUDENT LIFE

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 to the approximately 1000 students on-campus.

Top-ranked Student Life #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)

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

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

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

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


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 in one of ten annual GO! Global Outreach locations.

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


Affordability & Scholarships

40% of our undergraduate students graduated with no debt in 2019. We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and students starting their career better prepared for success.

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Alumni & Graduate Degrees

Did you know that these influential men and women earned a history degree? Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President | Ayn Rand, Novelist | George W. Bush, U.S. President | Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain | John Lithgow, Actor/Writer/Producer | Julia Child, Chef | Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice | Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House

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.

Teaching Credential

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.

TMU Online MBA Master in Biblical Counseling The Master’s Seminary


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.

  • Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTSAPPLY

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

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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