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History Degree

The study of history is the study of human experience.

At Park University, our Bachelor of Arts in History degree program is designed to give students the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of human encounters through their own and other’s cultures and societies as they have developed over time. Whether you want to embark on a career as a history teacher, writer, archivist, lawyer or any number of different career paths, a degree in history can prepare you to pursue your own unique career path.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our 16-week Bachelor of Arts in History program, you will be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. Students who choose to pursue a minor in history are required to take face-to-face classes in Parkville as well.

The Bachelor of Arts in History degree requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 36 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives in your area of concentration. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.







Dr. Debra Sheffer

Chair, History, Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies
Professor of History

Dr. Timothy Westcott

Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of History

Learn about the diversity of human history and its impact on today’s global society.

At Park University, we strive to help our students better understand diverse human societies and cultures through different types of analysis. The study of history is the study of what women and men of the past have left behind, what they have created and what imprints they have left on the global society.

Learning about the past will help you become a proactive, critical thinker as you move forward in advancing your career.

Sargent William Butler

WWI Valor Medal Review

During World War I, Sgt. William Butler served with the renowned 369th Infantry Regiment, and his heroism made headlines. But he never got the Medal of Honor. Park University's History Department is working on a project to help change that.


Our programs will prepare you for a career as a:

  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
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Program Highlights

When you pursue the Bachelor of Arts in History degree, you may choose from one of three primary areas of concentration: European/Classical, United States or Public History. These areas of study will teach you research techniques, problem-solving skills, and how to critically evaluate evidence to better understand the evolution of various cultures and societies and the impact of this evolution on the global society.

Park University Nisei Exhibit

"Park University history majors designed and installed two permanent exhibits at the university marketing specific anniversaries - the United States centennial entering the Great War and the seventy-fifth issuing of Executive Order 9066."

Public History majors designed and installed two permanent exhibits marking specific anniversaries—the United States centennial entering the Great War and the seventy-fifth issuing of Executive Order 9066. The two installations began during the spring 2017 semester and continued over the summer months.
Christopher Bledsoe, Mark Lees ‘17, Ryan Mason ‘17 and Hannah Provin reviewed 1,300 original documents related to Park’s Nisei student history to design and install an exhibit that narrates the commencement with Executive Order 9066, public reaction, university presidential leadership, alumni relations, Nisei student engagement, and reflection.

Nick Blakeley, Sara Lemke and Tyler Payne designed an exhibit that narrates the beginning of Park’s service during the Great War with the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.) students, listing all alumni and student war participants, remembrance of the ten Park Academy and College killed in service, and honoring Medal of Honor recipient George S. Robb.

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.