Bachelor Degree (B.A.) in History
THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE
When you study history at the Abbey, you’ll explore the story of Western civilization and its political, ecclesial, and social transformations. Your professors will use creative ways to connect you with different cultures and events of the past. Along the way, you’ll develop your capabilities in lateral thinking, analytical reasoning, and expressing the fruits of your studies in effective speech and writing. You’ll also be able to take your major beyond the classroom with trips to Europe.
Possible career paths:
Historian, teacher, political advisor, archivist, librarian, museum curator, writer/editor, law school, social work
Average class size
In addition to the specific requirements listed in the section below, all students at the Abbey are required to earn credits in our core liberal arts curriculum.
Students majoring in History must take all four (4) of the lower-level courses listed below. Six (6) of these hours are counted towards the History requirement in the Core Curriculum (HI 101 and HI 102); the other six (6) hours are counted as part of the forty-two (42) hours of major requirements (HI 201 and HI 202).
HI 101: Western Civilization I
HI 102: Western Civilization II
HI 201: United States History: 1492-1865
HI 202: United States History: 1865-Present
300 Level or above:
Six (6) History courses at the 300 level or above
HI 301: Historiography
HI 401W: Thesis
Foreign language (two courses of the same language)
Upper-level course (300 or above) in English
Upper-level course (300 or above) in Theology
General Elective courses (13-16 hrs)
Students are strongly encouraged, but not required to take HI 452 Internship. Students choosing to take HI 452 may count this course towards the 18 hours of History electives for the major.
The last eighteen (18) credits taken to fulfill the requirements of the History major must be taken at Belmont Abbey College. Students transferring from accredited institutions may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credits at the 300 and 400 levels.
*It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
More about the experience
SCOTT LYNCH ’15
“The history department at Belmont Abbey College has given me a chance to develop capabilities I had not thought I was capable of achieving. I have constantly found that my teachers were always willing and eager to help me persevere in difficulty and to fulfill my potential.”
PATRICK MCHENRY ‘99
“Had I not experienced the Abbey, I don’t think I would be in Congress today. I don’t think I would be as happy personally and have a fulfilled spiritual life and fulfilled personal life as I do without my Abbey education and training.”