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History Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Want to know how people change the world? Interested in the history of a particular region of the world? Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history will allow you to indulge your natural curiosity while preparing you for a broad range of careers.

A history degree from Creighton University gives you the ability to research projects thoroughly, analyze and interpret evidence, assign significance to findings and clearly communicate results. Graduates with these skills are attractive to employers in a variety of fields and are always in demand.

With a Creighton history degree, students will gain the knowledge and key skills needed to bring historical insights to the study of the human experience, past and present.

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Program Goals

As a history major, you’ll:

  • Build an understanding of the discipline of history, its methods and purposes
  • Learn the essential analytical and communication skills to think critically about change and continuity in a variety of societies and cultures
  • Gain historical perspectives and insights into the issues, events, ideas and values that constitute the human experience
  • Explore a diverse and complex world of varied cultural expressions and competing ideologies
  • Develop an ethical framework for operation in an increasingly complex world


Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 33 credits required within the history curriculum.

Interested in teaching in secondary education?

Start your graduate studies with a Master of Education in Secondary School Teaching while finishing up your bachelor’s degree in history and get a head start in your teaching preparation.

Learn how to save a year of time and tuition through our Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

History Minor

The history minor provides you with historical perspectives and insight into the issues, events, ideas and values that constitute the human experience. You’ll learn the necessary analytic and communication skills to think critically about a variety of societies and cultures.

European Studies Minor

The minor in European Studies is a broad, interdisciplinary program that aims to promote an understanding of Western Europe, exploring the diversity of its many cultures by examining historical events, cultural expressions and political arenas. Learn more about the European Studies Minor.


  • International Relations

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. There is a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities available for Creighton data science students aimed at making your degree attainable. Explore scholarships.

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Karl Bodmer painting

Creighton awarded $350k NEH grant to digitize American expedition collection

Spearheaded by two Creighton College of Arts and Sciences faculty members – Simon Appleford, PhD, and Adam Sundberg, PhD, both associate professors of history and digital humanities – the project aims to create a free, publicly accessible digital portal of material from the Maxmilian-Bodmer collection, held by the Joslyn.

LEFT: Karl Bodmer (Swiss, 1809–1893), Mih-Tutta-Hangkusch, Mandan Village, 1833–34, watercolor and graphite on paper, 11 1/4 × 16 5/8 in., Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, Gift of the Enron Art Foundation, 1986.49.382, Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2019

History Club

  • The History Club is dedicated to promoting historical awareness throughout the Creighton community and to building a spirit of community among majors and others interested in the past. The club has sponsored activities such as History Jeopardy and movie and pizza nights featuring films and documentaries on the Cuban missile crisis and the Civil War.

Research Methods in History

  • All history majors are required to conduct original historical research. Faculty members in the history department encourage students to develop sustained research projects that build upon final papers in HIS 400 or advanced elective courses. Students may request a faculty mentor to supervise their research in an independent study course and can receive assistance from their academic advisor in applying for grants, participating in conferences or seeking publication opportunities.

Writing for Publication

  • Students interested in developing research into a publishable paper or conference presentation are invited to apply to enroll in HIS 595 Writing for Publication. This intensive graduate-level writing seminar is limited to 10 selected students. Each seminar member is required to present a 20-minute version of the paper at the history department’s annual “Writing for Publication” symposium.

Our graduates have most recently pursued advanced study with the following:

  • George Washington University
  • Rice University
  • State University of New York-Albany
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kansas, School of Law
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Creighton University’s graduate and professional schools

If history, law and hands-on learning pique your interest, Creighton’s Nuremberg to The Hague Program (N2H) is worth exploring. N2H offers Creighton and non-Creighton students the opportunity to spend a summer in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Throughout the program, students will take courses at Erlangen University to study international law and how traumatic societal events such as the Holocaust affect history and the law. N2H exposes students to an unparalleled level of historical and legal experiences through a combination of classroom instruction and field trips to actual crime scenes, places of conspiracy and current trials.

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