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History and Global Studies

Delve into the rich and varied history of humankind from era to era and across diverse cultures. Examining our past – from language and the arts to science and technology – gives us context to understand current events and how we might plan for the future.

Delve into the rich and varied history of humankind from era to era and across diverse cultures. Examining our past – from language and the arts to science and technology – gives us context to understand current events and how we might plan for the future.

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New Public History Degree

If you’ve ever walked across a battlefield, or stood outside the gates of a concentration camp – or reached out to touch a name you know on the Vietnam Memorial, or read a letter sent from a soldier in Europe back to his wife on the homefront, you know what it’s like to encounter history in a tangible way. The people who preserve history and help us understand its meaning are public historians. ACU’s newest track, the B.A. in Public History, will inspire you to share your love of history with others as a museum curator, archivist or other public history interpreter. Courses in this degree are deeply experiential, combining guided study of the theory and scholarship of public history with firsthand engagement with historic sites, libraries, museums, parks and archives.

 

 

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Meet the Faculty

Our outstanding faculty share their expertise in the history of civilizations close to home and around the globe. They will challenge you to critically engage with the world, to forge new research paths and to share your findings with a wider community.

Dr. Amanda Biles
Abilene Christian University
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kelly Elliott
Abilene Christian University
Associate Professor
Department of History and Global Studies
Department Chair

Dr. Theodore Francis
Associate Professor

Dr. Ronald Morgan
Abilene Christian University
Professor

Dr. Tracy Shilcutt
Abilene Christian University
Professor
Department of History and Global Studies
Associate Dean of the Honors College

Outstanding Alumni

Brijin Hartrick is now the Collections Assistant at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, but she started as a history major at ACU. A fierce lover of all things Texas, Brijin entered ACU with a passion for history that flourished as she progressed throughout her time as an undergraduate student. As a sophomore, she studied abroad in Oxford, England, where she was able to explore various museums and historic sites.

Upon returning to the United States, Brijin interned at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., learning archival skills that she later applied to her graduate work in Baylor University’s Museum Studies program, and now uses in her job at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.  

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Notable Internships

Recent internship placements for the Global Studies concentration include National Parks internships at Paint Rock, the Smithsonian Institution, the C.R. Smith Museum, the Grace Museum, the National WASP WWII Museum, Milliken Special Collections, and the 12th Armored Division Memorial. For Global Studies, students often intern with such organizations as World Wide Witness, the International Rescue Committee, and Heifer Project.

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of History and Global Studies seeks to help students comprehend the present state of the world through a study of some of the essential currents of the past and global complexities of the present.

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Minor

Making History

Discover amazing classes led by stellar professors who inspire your excitement for diving deep into your studies. Whichever major you choose, you’ll find opportunities for hands-on learning and experiences that place in you in the field.