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Bachelor's in History

At Indiana Wesleyan University, our Bachelor of Arts in History program is designed for those with a fervent desire to delve into the depths of our past, aiming to understand not just the events that have shaped our world, but the people behind those events. A bachelor’s degree in history through IWU Marion is not merely an accumulation of knowledge about dates, places, and names. It is an immersive journey through time, exploring the lives, cultures, and decisions of peoples who, though separated from us by centuries, share intrinsic similarities with us. Our program recognizes history as the vibrant story of humanity itself—dynamic, alive, and ever-changing. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment the encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this History Program?

At IWU, we integrate a Christian worldview with our history program, providing a unique context that enriches your exploration of the past. This perspective invites you to consider not only what happened and why but also how these insights align with faith and ethical living. Whether you aim to change the world, contribute to scholarly knowledge, or bring historical awareness to your future career, our program is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the past and how it influences the present and future.


Moreover, the option to minor in History is available, offering students pursuing another IWU major the opportunity to enrich their education with historical insights and analytical skills. This flexible approach ensures that students from various disciplines can benefit from the profound lessons that history imparts.


For those who are passionate about understanding the past and eager to bring a Christian worldview to their future endeavors, Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Arts in History program offers a rigorous and enriching academic journey.


Pursue your bachelor’s degree in history at IWU today!


What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This History Program

Coursework for your bachelor’s degree in history covers:

  • A deep understanding of world history, from ancient times to the present day
  • Courses like "Making History: Historians, Historical Techniques and Historiography" and the "History Research Seminar," where students will learn how to conduct historical research, evaluate sources critically, and understand the methodology behind the study of history
  • The opportunity to specialize in specific regional studies. This allows for a deeper understanding of the unique historical trajectories of different regions and their impact on global history
  • Proficiency in a foreign language to prepare students for graduate work in history or careers requiring language skills

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • History Teachers
  • Historians
  • Curators
  • Archeologists
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
  • Tour Guides
  • Credit Checkers
  • Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
  • Geography Teachers
  • Political Science Teachers
  • Philosophy and Religion Teachers
  • Middle School Teachers

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements

Viable candidates for admission should have a minimum of each of the following: 8 credits in language arts (equivalent to 4 years); 6-8 credits in mathematics (equivalent to 3-4 years); 6 credits in science (equivalent to 3 years); 6 credits in social studies (equivalent to 3 years); 4 credits in foreign language (equivalent to 2 years); 2 credits in health, physical education, safety (equivalent to 1 year); and 4-6 credits from other courses offered (equivalent to 2-3 years). Applicants who do not meet the requirements for regular admission may request special consideration.

Completed applications with a high school GPA or test score (if required) below minimum thresholds may be admitted into the Foundations program. Supplemental materials or counselor interview may be requested of the student by the Office of Admissions.

Individuals not receiving a high school diploma must take either the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or the General Education Development Exam (GED) or HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and achieve satisfactory scores to be considered for admission.

  • Completion of at least 124 semester hours (some majors may have additional hours to meet the requirement).
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a major GPA of 2.25 or higher or as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of general education requirements. If a student chooses to have multiple majors, the degree designation is based upon the first major.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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