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School of Humanities & Behavioral Science


Anderson University’s history program is rigorous and intentionally strives to help students become critical thinkers with strong research and writing skills – abilities that will serve them well in both post-graduate work and in a wide variety of professions, including banking, the law, government, non-profit organizations, and public service.

Anderson University’s history program offers interested students the opportunity to learn from published scholars in a wide variety of historical fields.

Course offerings include European history, all areas of American history, and many fields of world history, including China, Japan, Russia/Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Latin America. Additionally, the department offers classes that have a broad appeal, such as Baseball in America, the Civil Rights Movement, the Jewish Holocaust, Slavery in America, the American Family, Women in the World, and the History of World War II.


A flexible degree that can be earned entirely online, entirely in-classroom, or a combination of the two.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts in as little as three years or an Associate's degree in as little as two. Complete your degree online or in-person.

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What courses will I take?

  • Western Civilization I
  • Historical Inquiry
  • American Civilization I
  • U.S. from 1945 to the Present

View the courses required for the History Major.



What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Archivist
  • Records Manager
  • Lawyer or Paralegal
  • Librarian

Graduates with an AU history degree have excelled in masters and doctoral programs in universities across the country and overseas.  Many of AU’s history graduates choose to go on to law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service or other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.

Our professors are committed to providing the best education possible and actively work to know our students, to help them realize their potential and reach their goals. As historians, we strongly believe that knowledge of our past helps us to create a better future, and we invite you to join us in the pursuit of learning who we are and what we can be.


Along with the in-depth courses, students have the opportunity for hand-on learning. Depending on students’ professional career goals, internship experiences in Madison County or with our university museum provide invaluable opportunities to learn and become involved in the daily operations of these organizations.

After graduation, our students move on to a law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service or other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.


Students have been involved with internships at the national government level in Washington, D.C., with state and local governments, and with the British Parliament. Pre-law students are assigned to area law offices, courts, or the prosecutor’s office. Through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, AU students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying economics and domestic and international politics in Washington, D.C. Students are called to integrate their faith in a government setting, while interacting with decision-makers. The council also offers summer school at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, as well as international opportunities in Russia, Egypt, and Costa Rica.


Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Tammy McLaughlin

Tammy McLaughlin

Dr. David Thomas Murphy

Dr. David Thomas Murphy

Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers

Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers

Dr. Joel D. Shrock

Dr. Joel D. Shrock