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School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Anderson University’s rigorous history program 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, law, government, non-profit organizations, and public service. This 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.

Program Overview


Along with the program’s in-depth history courses, students have the opportunity for hands-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 law school or an MBA program, join the U.S. Foreign Service, other government agencies, work at museums and national parks, serve in the mission field, or teach overseas.



  • Graduate with a BA in History in four years.
  • Complete the 4+1 program, from BA to MBA.

3+1 Program

Graduate with a BA in History and a MBA with the 3+1 program. You spend four years total at AU and earn two degrees while you are here.



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.



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


  • Archivist
  • Records Manager
  • Lawyer or Paralegal
  • Librarian

Graduates with an AU history degree have excelled in master’s 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.


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Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Dr. Brian Richard Dirck

Professor of History

David Murphy

Dr. David Thomas Murphy

Professor of History

Jaye Rogers

Dr. Jaye Lee Rogers

Chair, Department of History and Political Science; Professor of History

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