As historians, we believe the past informs the future. As a BU history major, you’ll enjoy small classes featuring personalized instruction and unique, immersive learning sessions that bring history to life. You might visit a historic estate, or learn to make a quill pen as you study the history of Virginia.

Understanding how events relate to their times is one reason why the history faculty team teaches unique courses with faculty from other disciplines, such as Irish history and literature and the history of crime and punishment.

Hands-on History

Our classes emphasize critical thinking and information analysis. But it’s not just about names and dates. You’ll have the chance to dive into creative projects to showcase what you’ve learned. Past projects have included student-created podcasts and websites about a specific topic of interest. You can also take your studies to the next level by developing professional expertise through a customized internship.

An undergraduate degree in history prepares you for a career as a researcher in a museum or historic site. You might work as an archivist. Historians are also excellent communicators and advocates. Or you might choose to work as an educator in schools or the park service. Prepare for your future and schedule a campus visit to meet with us.

The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

On-Campus: August 17, 2022




Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (52 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors. Students seeking a BA degree must complete 6 credit hours of intermediate language studies.

  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)
Core Requirements (12 Credits)

  • World Civilization I
  • World Civilization II
  • United States History I
  • United States History II
  • History & Historians
  • Senior Seminar
Concentrations (30 Credits)

Choose your Concentration (2 Available)

  • Concentration – Historical Studies
    • 3000-4000 level American History (6 Credits)
    • 3000-4000 level European/World History (6 Credits)
    • History Course Electives (18 Credits)
  • Concentration – History & Social Science (Teacher Licensure)
    • Virginia History
    • 20th Century America
    • Early Modern Europe
    • Europe 1815 – Present
    • History of American Government & Politics
    • Renaissance & Reformation
    • (Choose 1)
      • Ancient History
      • Medieval History
      • 19th Century America
      • Latin American History
      • History of the Middle East
    • World Religions
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • (Choose 1)
      • Minority Issues in Criminal Justice
      • Minority Groups in America
      • Minority Issues in Psychology
    • Teacher Licensure Requirements
Electives (26 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

History Teacher
Government Historian
Park Service Historian
Museum Curator
Political Advisor

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231