Programs of Study

What is the history program like?

Studying history is as current as reading today's headlines.

How did the Middle East or the Balkans become such a hotbed of political unrest? Take a look at the history of the religious groups in conflict there. Why are nationalist sentiments so volatile in the post-Cold War era? Get out your history books and discover how the trouble began. Does the individual character of a leader provide a motivating force for historical change? Consider the significance of past and present personalities in this light.

Students major in history for many reasons. For some, history stirs their interest in the human condition. Others might study history as a discipline to train the mind, prepare for citizenship and establish a foundation for professional careers.

History students at Lander become more questioning and analytical. In writing about history, they learn to organize ideas and to communicate effectively.

Teacher certification

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in history, Lander history majors have the opportunity to obtain secondary teacher certification in the area of social studies. This degree track blends the history curriculum with courses offered by Lander's College of Education. Students who complete the teacher certification program meet the social studies education standards of both the College of Education and the National Council for Social Studies.

The history curriculum

Loading CannonWith a structure that allows you to acquire a broad background while exploring areas of personal interest, the history curriculum is one that provides a deep understanding of the human experience - from ancient times to present.

Lander's history program offers four degrees tailored to specific academic or career goals - general interest, teaching, law or graduate school. The history curriculum provides opportunities to study a great variety of chronological epochs and world cultures. You'll be able to choose courses focusing on United States, European, Latin American, African and Asian history, as well as specialized classes, such as:

  • Vietnam: A Thousand-Year Revolution
  • The Ancient World
  • History of the Black Experience: From Africa to America
  • Civilizations of India
  • The Early and High Middle Ages
  • Warfare Through the Ages

Lander offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with teacher certification in secondary social studies available in the B.S. degree track. As a Bachelor of Arts degree seeker, you'll supplement your studies with foreign language; as a Bachelor of Science student, you'll add statistics and computer science to your course work.

The minors

StonehengeWithin Lander's Department of History, you'll find an assortment of minor options that can add depth and meaningful context to a history degree - or any degree from Lander. Along with a history minor, the department offers minors in:

  • International studies - featuring cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives to highlight contemporary world societies.
  • Latin American studies - focusing on a variety of disciplines, including Spanish-American literature and civilization, Hispanic literature and an overseas study of the Spanish-American culture.
  • Philosophy - emphasizing reading, writing, critical thinking and analysis of subjects in the sciences and humanities, as well as the ethical concepts and theories of moral philosophy.
  • Pre-law - offering a broad course of required study, from accounting, sociology and communication to history, philosophy and political science.
  • Religion - providing a look at the origins and meanings of the world's major religions.

Learn More

For more information, checkout the University Catalog, or follow one of the links below:


  • BA in History
  • BS in History
  • BS in History, Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Minors available in history, international studies, Latin American studies, philosophy and pre-law

For full degree requirements, program goals and more, visit the department's section of the university catalog.