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 Bachelor of Arts in History program, you will have opportunities to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus or online. Students who choose to pursue a minor in history can take face-to-face classes in Parkville or online 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. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

Online & Parkville

Bachelor of Arts – 122 Hours

Minor – 18 Hours

History, B.A.





Dr. Tim Westcott

Dr. Timothy Westcott

Associate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History, Political Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies; Program Coordinator; and Director, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War.

Dr. Debra Sheffer

Professor of History and Associate Dean, CLAS

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.

WWI Valor Medals Review

George S. Robb, a 1912 graduate of Park College, served in World War I as an officer with the 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Robb’s actions, in late September 1918, were acknowledged following the war as a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Park University history majors assist in conducting research related to the Valor Medals Review Project.

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.


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, your courses 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.

Related programs

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.