Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Humanities
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

History Bachelor's Degree Program

Four-year degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

The History major at the University of Mary has faculty with expertise in the classical world, medieval Christian and Islamic worlds, early modern Europe, American history, and modern history. The 50-credit major incorporates core Western civilization history classes into world historical perspectives. The major is also notable for the three methods courses that give students an advanced understanding of the field: Historian’s Craft, Historiography and Prospectus, and Senior Seminar. In these methods classes, students not only work with faculty mentors but read such great historians as Herodotus, Thucydides, Eusebius, Josephus, Ibn Khaldun, Leopold von Ranke, Christopher Dawson, and contemporary figures. Tours and student colloquia help build relationships among history and history education students.

Mission and Identity of History at the University of Mary

The History program supports the mission of the University of Mary in its service to the region and its identity as Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine.

History seeks to understand how cultures and traditions of every time and place have answered and lived out the great human questions of meaning and purpose: what does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be good? What does it mean to live together in society? What is a good society? How does geography influence our work (economy) and our organization (society and politics)? How does place and work influence our culture? And how does the world of ideas interact with these concrete realities? The study of history helps students to answers these questions for themselves.

Anchored in the Western tradition, the History program seeks to examine and understand the various cultures and traditions of the past. Through classroom study and discussion, colloquia, archival research, and community projects, students in History at the University of Mary will gain a depth of perspective and an incisiveness of mind that will form them deeply and carry them far beyond their time here at Mary.

History Program Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Understand how the humanities and the human sciences help us know what it means to be human.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and historical thinking about the history of Christian culture and other cultures and present them in various forms.
  3. Construct independent historical arguments rooted in primary sources, archival research, and historiographical awareness.

CAREER OUTLOOK for History Majors

The History and History Education majors at the University of Mary prepare students for graduate school (history, archeology, anthropology, law) or to enter the workforce in schools, museums, businesses, government, the military, historical societies, research organizations, libraries, publishing or touring companies, archives, and historical consulting firms. The History Education degree prepares students for careers in history education for grades 7-12. Students will be highly qualified to teach in history and in one of the following areas: economics, political science, or geography.

Historians possess skills in research, communication, and the formation of arguments based on evidence, and for many employees these skills are more important than the actual subject.

The median annual wage for historians was $63,680 in 2019.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Historians

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.