Bachelor of Arts (BA) Major in History


Dive Deeply Into History to Build Skills for Your Future 


GMercyU's Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History will prepare you for graduate education or career opportunities in law, government, industry, and other public and private sectors. As a history major, your interactive courses and learning experiences will help you become fluent in global political and social developments, develop your research abilities, and perform original scholarship.


Program Details

Pre-Law Degree Option

Earn a history degree with a pre-law option

If you want to pursue a career in law, add pre-law coursework to your history education. With this option, you can earn a BA in History while preparing yourself for graduate work in law.

The GMercyU Difference

Gwynedd Mercy University offers an impressive mix of top-notch liberal arts education and real-world experience. Here you'll find ample opportunity to hone your skills, develop a career path, and map out your future while gaining real-world experience through our history program.  

As a GMercyU history major, you can:

  • Earn hands-on experience through internship placements at historical societies, archives, and sites throughout Pennsylvania
  • Perform original research at area archives
  • Present your work at an academic conference
  • Learn to educate others. By completing our 4+1 MsEd, you'll earn both a degree in history and a master's degree in education in just five years to teach social studies at a secondary level.
  • Prepare for a career in law. When you pursue our pre-law option, you'll earn a bachelor's in history and prepare yourself for specialized work in law at the same time.

Our full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees and are known for their academic expertise. Our part-time history faculty members also hold advanced degrees and possess a range of specialties in the field. 

Thanks to a multidisciplinary background in arts, sciences, and humanities along with their particular understanding of history, GMercyU's history major graduates go on to pursue careers in law, education, politics, media, management, and more.

Curriculum

In addition to general education requirements, our BA in History degree students will complete the following courses:

Major Requirements – 33 Credits

HIS 107  World History I
HIS 109 World History II
HIS 131 American Civilization to 1877
HIS 132 American Civilization from 1877
HIS 449 Historiography
HIS 4000 Capstone Seminar
HIS History Elective (5)


Credit Requirements: A minimum of 125 credits is required for this degree. For more information and course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

Undergraduate Minors 

Increase the value of your BA in History degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.

Career Opportunities

 A bachelor's degree in History will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities and graduate study.

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Clergy
  • Community Relations Director
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Demographer
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government Official
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Historic Site Tour Guide
  • Historical Society Staff Member
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Technicians & Specialist
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Park Ranger
  • Peace Corps/Vista Worker
  • Political Scientist
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Library Assistant
  • Teacher, Social Studies
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban Administrator
  • Urban Planner
  • Writer/Author

* Some of these careers may involve acquiring additional education.
* This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.

Meet the Faculty

Michael Clinton, PhD

Position:  Professor, History
Did You Know? Dr. Clinton has previously served as president of the Peace History Society and book review editor of its journal, Peace & Change.

Learn More


Next Steps

Transfer Opportunities

If you've already earned college-level credits at other accredited institutions, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University. Submit your transcript and course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether these credits count towards those required for graduation.  For more information, visit our Transfer Credits page.

In addition, we have articulation agreements with two area community colleges.

Delaware County Community College
AA history to BA history 

Manor College
AA liberal arts to BA history 

Admission Requirements

Have questions about GMercyU's admissions requirements? Contact us! Our Admissions Staff is ready to walk you through the process of applying or transferring to GMercyU’s History program.

Email: admissions@gmercyu.edu
Phone: 215-641-5510

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At GMercyU, we strive to make a quality education accessible to all through financial aid, scholarships, and grants. As a military-friendly university, we welcome service members and participate in all VA educational benefits programs. 

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