History at JBU

History informs our future.
JBU trains you to contribute your perspective.

In the history major, you will analyze primary and secondary historical sources from a Christian perspective, but your work doesn't stop there. JBU's discussion-based classes give you the space to develop your communication skills and express your ideas. The flexible nature of the program enables you to focus your studies in the manner that will best prepare you for your career.

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What to expect as a History student at JBU

Experience Unique Class Structure

JBU’s history department emphasizes discussion-based classes and the use of texts from various cultures and time to inform a single topic or event in history.

Choose What You Study

Because history is so broad, faculty encourage students to select their own independent study topics to supplement the existing curriculum.

Add a Museum Studies Minor

This new minor at JBU preps students for employment in archives administration, museum education, curation, and management.

Present Your Position

JBU students present papers at national academic conferences like The Great Plains Honors Conference, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and the Conference on Faith and History.

Study a Semester Abroad

Travel to Oxford University to work with an expert in your field of study, research in their renowned library, and attend weekly lectures by the most brilliant minds, all for JBU credit.

What could you do with a History degree?

Graduate School

Many graduates choose to advance their career in a particular area of interest. These advanced degrees will enable students to be able to teach collegiate level classes.


This growing field is great for history majors because it requires research, writing, attention to details, and skills in communicating both verbally and in written form.

Law School

Majoring in history lays the groundwork for studying law, as you will have to read extensively while maintaining knowledge of overall ideas, create cohesive arguments, and find research to back your arguments.

Professional Writing

With much of the world online these days, professional writing for blogs, digital magazines, businesses and other organizations is in great demand.

Technical Writing

Technical writing works well with history majors because it requires attention to detail and consistency. Often, writers will have to take complex ideas and make them understandable to the average reader.

Policy Analyist

Requires analyzing, writing, and developing new policy plans. Both governmental agencies and businesses in the private sector hire people to develop policies and communicate them clearly to the target audience.


History majors work well as archivists. Gathering data, researching, writing event summaries, and documenting finds are part of the job and are skills that every history major learns.

Records Management

Many companies, universities, colleges, non-profit organizations, and government agencies need individuals who can keep meticulous data in order, research, and organize large amounts of data. 

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