traditional undergraduate on campus


Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in history gives you a strong foundation in history through courses that cover everything from ancient civilizations to modern societies around the world. You’ll gain versatile critical thinking and writing skills along with valuable hands-on research experience, equipping you to excel in a number of fields and careers or to continue to graduate studies. 

Program Benefits

  • Participate in our robust undergraduate research programs.
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the exciting Nashville market.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in history program, you’ll learn how your understanding of history shapes your perception of, interaction with and reaction to the present. Through challenging and engaging courses on societies around the world from all time periods, you’ll begin to see how history continues to affect our present social, historical and political experiences. The program offers incredible flexibility for tailoring your degree through course options that match your interests and goals. 

Your education continues beyond the classroom with special projects and research opportunities designed to provide hands-on field experience. Recent Faculty-Led Academic Research Experience (FLARE) projects have given students the chance to study local historical figures; create websites featuring online narratives developed from primary source materials; and conduct digital and oral history research to understand and chronicle the neighborhood surrounding Trevecca. Our Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature course allows you to participate in moot court competitions and mock legislature where you can write and debate bills before an audience of peers from around the state. You can also gain valuable internship experience in the thriving Nashville market. Past students have interned at local historic sites and museums like Belmont Mansion and the Frist, as well as at local law firms. 

The program also offers pre-law advising, which is typically organized around a history major with a public policy or criminal justice minor. Faculty members help pre-law students tailor their coursework to maximize their chances of earning acceptance to law school.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your history degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.


Course Descriptions

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The Department of History’s Honors Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving history majors to investigate, craft, defend and teach on an original research thesis project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This project takes place over three semesters during the student’s junior and senior years. As part of the research thesis project, participating students receive one-on-one training, serve as peer mentors and defend their work through an oral presentation. 

The honors experience is designed to shape and develop students as they enhance their career opportunities with a stellar research portfolio and curriculum vita. The program also aims to ensure that honors students give back to their department peers as mentors, scholars and leaders.

Program Requirements and Overview

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.65 in the major and a 3.00 overall GPA are required at the time of the proposal to enter the history honors program.
  • Interested students must submit an honors research proposal in the fall of their junior year.
  • Honors students will take part in a three-semester research and mentor experience culminating in an on-campus presentation of their work before history department faculty and students, Phi Alpha Theta honor society members and family and friends.

For information about the program and how history honors students will be recognized for their achievements, please contact a faculty member in the History Department.

Career Opportunities

With a degree in history, you’ll be well prepared for a variety of careers or to continue graduate studies. More specifically, your history degree from Trevecca equips you to excel in roles like these:

  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Historic preservationist
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum administrator
  • Librarian
  • Historical interpreter
  • Historical consultant
  • Archivist
  • Journalist
  • Think tank researcher
  • Various roles in government service

“Understanding history is a vital part of embracing our future, and Trevecca understands that. History is important and Trevecca has students and professors dedicated to uncovering and preserving our past.”

Chris Catoe Trevecca graduate



Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

United States History Survey I
HIS 2010

Survey of United States' social, political, economic, and military development to 1877. Offered annually.

United States History Survey II
HIS 2020

Survey of United States' social, political, economic, and military development from 1877 to the present. Offered annually.

The Historian's Craft
HIS 2400
Students will be introduced to critical, practical skills and tools used by historians in their work as scholars. Students will learn to craft strong thesis statements, engage with a variety of methods of finding and critiquing historical sources, and will learn the proper footnoting and bibliographic style used in the field of history. Students will be exposed to new digital programs and tools developed for students of the humanities to aid them in research and writing.
Historical Research
HIS 4200

Concentrates on the process of historical research with particular attention to research methodology and preparation of a research paper. Offered annually.

Senior Seminar
HIS 4700

A culminating seminar for History majors. During this course, students will discuss and analyze current events using their learned historical skills. Students will also research and write a paper on a chosen topic in their major area, engage in professional development activities, and take an exit examination (major field test).  Offered annually.

General Education — 51 hours

History Electives — 24 hours
3-4 electives in U.S. History numbered above 3000 — 9-12
4-5 electives in Non-U.S. History numbered above 2000 — 12-15

General Electives to total 120 — 15-18 hours

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.