Bachelor of Science in History

Explore the Past While Developing Your Future by Studying for a BS in History.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in History program allows students to explore the lives of people in the past, the lives of people in the present, and how we are influenced by those who came before us — all the while considering the consequences of their ideas and ingenuity.

Students in the BS in History program explore a vast range of centuries, continents, and cultures, and are prepared to take on a variety of career and educational paths. History majors will develop a rich historical perspective and strong research, writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Students also learn how to craft evidence-based arguments by examining primary sources such as newspapers, letters and diaries, literature, government records, images, films, and oral interviews.

Start analyzing how the way we live was influenced by the way we lived.

What Can I do With a History Degree?

History majors have the opportunity to apply their expertise in any industry and any profession. Recent graduates have found success in a plethora of fast-paced, high-paying fields, whether right out of the bachelor program or after completing their master’s or Ph.D.

I Would Like to Enter the Workforce

  • Museum Technician
  • Academic Advisor
  • Operations Expert
  • Sales Manager
  • Librarian
  • Reporter
  • Political Advisor
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Legal Assistant

I am Considering Graduate School

Employers and graduate schools are looking for well-rounded candidates with more than academics. Build your resume as you participate in internships, capstone projects, volunteer events, and student organizations to help you stand out during an interview.

“A History degree isn’t commonly associated with being a Physician Assistant, but I’ve found that the one I earned from Marian University has been invaluable to me being effective in my occupation. It always helped me stand out in job interviews, and I find it has consistently helped when I work with patients. Patients and I will often chat about their life, experiences, and unique stories – it’s sort of an informal oral history interview. They get to tell their story and I think it helps to build rapport and transforms my job from treating diseases to serving people.”

JJ Jenkins, PA-C, MSPAS, BS – 2011 Marian University Graduate

Explore a History Degree

Dr. Matthew Szromba, professor of history, walks through the history and broad field social studies programs. Programs are outlined by curriculum and what skills are developed throughout the programs. Students in the history and broad field social studies programs have traveled to Poland as part of a short-term class studying the Holocaust and to Ireland (twice) to learn first-hand about the potato famine among other historical topics.

BS in History Curriculum

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in History program uses innovative teaching strategies while providing students with a well-balanced focus on the U.S. and Europe, as well as non-Western areas such as Africa and Asia. You’ll also explore American Indian, Latin American and women’s history, as well as the history of American minorities.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

History majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • World Civilization
  • European History
  • History of Wisconsin
  • U.S. History
  • American History

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify, analyze, and use primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
  • Analyze issues and events from multiple perspectives.
  • Achieve content mastery in World, American, and European history.
  • Compare and contrast ideas, societies, events, individual actions, philosophies, beliefs and spiritual traditions across cultures and time.
  • Employ historical logic and historical evidence in written arguments.
  • Identify historical injustices and explore possible alternatives.
  • Analyze strengths and weaknesses of historiographical arguments.
  • Organize, plan, and conduct research


The Marian University Bachelor of Science in History program seeks to promote history as a vocation, chronological and geographical way of thinking, as well as historical comprehension, analysis, interpretation, and research, effective communication and critical thinking, and understanding of global perspectives and spiritual traditions.

Graduates of the BS in History program stay one step ahead of the competition and are equipped with the essential skills that ensure success in the working world. A history degree from Marian University prepares students for a variety of career possibilities including those in advocacy, business, education, law, publishing, and research. Recent graduates have found success in many positions, including as small business owners, managers for Wisconsin-based and nationwide companies, physicians assistants, middle and high school teachers, legislative aids, librarians, and program directors for museums, art centers, and community centers.

97.8% of graduates between 2006 and 2014 were employed or entered graduate school within 6 months according to a survey completed by the History Program in Spring 2015. 100% of our students score at or above satisfactory standards for the learning outcomes above in their senior capstone projects.

At Marian University, students find committed faculty and staff aiming to help them reach their fullest potential. Through an applied learning approach, students find that the Bachelor of Science in History program prepares them to share their passion for history in graduate school or employment in the field.

Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.