Open Calendar
A group of students in the library


Click to print this page

History, BS

History Bachelor of Science

The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Science in History program promotes the study of diverse cultures and human experiences across time. As a History major, you’ll develop critical thinking, research and analytical skills, as well as your cultural competency. At the same time, you’ll gain experience in digital history, service learning and public history. Your adventure as a citizen of a changing world begins in UCM’s History degree program. 

A bachelor’s degree in History for the career-minded student

The B.S. in History removes the foreign language requirement from the B.A. and instead requires you to use nine or more of your 45 free-elective credit hours to complete additional history courses or work towards a complementary minor or double major outside of history. Many of our concentrations get you halfway (or more) to a minor in another discipline. 

If you’re interested in studying History with a focus on modern languages and cultures, you may also want to explore our History BA degree

History degree online program

UCM’s bachelor’s degree in History program offers online classes that allow you to enroll part time or full time starting in the fall, spring or summer. Earn a bachelor’s of History by taking some of your History degree courses completely online.

View Courses


Dr. Joshua Nygren
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Wood 136G
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8738

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of History

FaceBook icon
Twitter icon
Faculty icon
Request Info icon
Request Info
Visit icon
Apply icon


A globe

Study abroad in 60+ countries

A teacher in front of a class

Small class sizes, big experiences

An icon of a person walking up stairs with a briefcase

Marketable and transferable job skills

What you will study

If you’re considering studying history, you’ve probably already asked yourself, what can you do with a History degree? UCM’s history courses are designed to pair well with the course offerings students take in other disciplines, so your bachelor’s degree will be that much more marketable. 

Do you need a few ideas? Here are some popular options:

  • Ancient and Modern China: Explore China, from ancient to modern times.
  • American Environmental History: Analyze how humans and nature have interacted in U.S. history, from the last Ice Age until the present day.
  • The French Revolution and Napoleon: Gain an understanding of the origins, development and consequences of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire in France and in the larger European world.
  • Modern Latin America: Take a tour of Latin American history, from the 18th century to the present.

Are you still unsure of what courses to take? Getting your History degree at the University of Central Missouri means you’ll also have a lot of people looking out for you. You will be assigned a faculty mentor, for example, who will provide one-on-one academic guidance, as well as support for internship and job opportunities.


Unique learning opportunities in history

In the University of Central Missouri’s bachelor’s degree in History program, you’ll receive a relevant, skills-oriented education for the 21st century that will also satisfy your academic curiosity.

  • Master digital technologies: Gain hands-on fluency with today’s tools and methods for documenting and sharing history, including websites, mobile apps and virtual reality.
  • Complete internships: The University of Central Missouri has a unique partnership with the Missouri State Archives that allows you to gain on-the-job experience while earning your bachelor’s degree. Many of our undergraduate students have also been placed in competitive internships at historical institutions such as the National Archives, the National Park Service and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.
  • Join the active History Club: Take field trips with other History majors to historical institutions, including the Johnson County Historical Society, National World War I Museum and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, to name a few.
  • Study abroad: Follow your historical interests out of the classroom and into the real world by designing your own study abroad program. With more than 60 countries to choose from, including China, Italy, Tanzania, England, Scotland and Egypt, UCM’s study abroad program offers you an academic and personal experience that will broaden your horizons.


What can you do with a History degree from UCM?

In today’s competitive job market, you may hear this question often: What can you do with a History degree? The truth is that you can do so much after you graduate from UCM’s bachelor of History degree program. 

You’ll build core skill sets that will prepare you for fulfilling careers in government, journalism, law, business, teaching and many other fields. Because a History BS degree can be combined with a major or minor in another discipline, such as Criminal Justice or Business, you can graduate with confidence, knowing you have a robust set of critical skills and knowledge under your belt.

Interested in going on to graduate school? Our bachelor’s degree in History program gives you all the crucial skills graduate schools look for in prospective students: research, primary source analysis and effective communication, for example.

Prepare for your future with a bachelor of History degree

With a bachelor’s degree in History, you’ll be poised for competitive salaries and job growth. Use the interactive tool below to discover all the possible answers to the common question, what can you do with a History degree?




Financial assistance options for your bachelor of History degree

At the University of Central Missouri, we believe no one should graduate from college with debt that takes a lifetime to pay off. This is why UCM offers affordability, value and a 21st-century college education that prepares you for today’s competitive job market.

As you consider “what can you do with a History degree,” what you really want to know is whether a UCM History degree is a worthwhile investment. The answer is a resounding yes — UCM offers a host of resources to help you finance your college education

In addition to the scholarships available through the university, a variety of scholarships are also exclusively available to History majors, including:

  • Alfred E. Twomey Undergraduate Scholarship in History 
  • Charles Mayes History Scholarships
  • Gloria J. Maxwell Scholarship in History

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


A librarian placing a book on a shelf


Take your degree further.


What can you do with a History degree? Further specialize your knowledge and skills in a graduate program at UCM.

Two people shaking hands


Explore programs related to history.


You may also be interested in exploring the following undergraduate programs at UCM:


Request Info   Visit   Apply Today!





  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram