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Majors and Minor


The study of history seeks to understand the present state of the world through the currents of the past and the global complexities of the present. At ACU our History & Global Studies Department strives to provide an understanding of the experiences of humankind, to stimulate thought concerning various institutions, ideas and cultures, and to promote ethical standards in keeping with the Christian faith. The study of history prepares its students by developing critical thinking, research, and writing skills. At ACU our faculty invites their students to engage with history, to be a part of new research, and to challenge their previous understanding of the past. Students are encouraged to work in their field, during their time at ACU, through internships and work study programs.

The skills developed through the study of history prepare its graduates to work in:

  • Museums
  • Education
  • International Development and Aid Organizations
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law, and many more.

For more information on the types of careers you can expect as a history major please visit this site from the American Historical Association.

Global Studies

Global Studies (GLST), is an emerging field of study with nearly endless possibilities for the future.  As an academic field, Global Studies explores the interconnectedness of a world that is increasingly shaped by processes of globalization, offering multiple perspectives on the contemporary world and its complexities. The breadth of study – in political science, history, culture studies, language, economics, and environmental studies – prepares students with knowledge and skills essential for responsible citizenship, service, and productive work in the global community.

Unlike certain professional degrees that qualify the individual for one specific career, the degree in Global Studies gives the individual significant room for maneuvering when it comes to choosing a career. From international business to journalism to economic development, the sky is the limit for the graduate who can demonstrate sophisticated academic knowledge, cross-cultural experience, internship experience, and language skills.

History & Social Studies Teaching

The vocation of social studies or history teaching is a noble calling indeed, for the secondary school teacher helps young people learn to interpret their social world and prepares them for active citizenship.

The Department of History & Global Studies offers two teaching degrees, preparing students to teach grades 7-12 in Texas public or private schools.

Social Studies Teaching (HSST)

The Social Studies for Teachers prepares students to teach world history, U.S. history, Texas history, government, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology.

One-Field History Teaching (HSTT)

One-Field History prepares students to teach world, U. S. history and Texas history.

Teaching Certification & Preparation

The State Board for Education Certification (SBEC) under the Texas Education Agency (TEA) grants the official state certification to teach high school history or social studies from grades 7 – 12 in public schools in Texas.  Both certifications may be obtained by completing the Bachelor of Science degree in either One-Field History Teaching or Social Studies Teaching AND passing the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).  A person choosing either of these degrees will be a major in the Department of History & Global Studies.  Through advising relationships and classroom instruction, we prepare students for the History and/or Social Studies content portions of the TExES.

Partnership with the Teacher Education Department

While the Department of History & Global Studies prepares a pre-service teacher for the content field, the Teacher Education Department will focus on the professional knowledge and skills needed to pass the pedagogy portion of the TExES and successfully teach in high school. The Teacher Education program is accredited by SBEC and is nationally accredited through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

While most of our HSST and HSTT graduates go on to teach in public or private high schools, some pursue further degrees in higher education.


History Minor
  • 18 credit hours
  • Discover historical context for our contemporary world.

Historical understanding equips human beings to understand their
world by providing a framework within which to analyze current events and

Global Studies Minor
  • 18 credit hours, interdisciplinary degree
  • Add breadth and sophistication to your college degree and prepare for global service.

Today’s world is increasingly globalized, reducing the boundaries between disciplines and requiring a new breed of academic — one with an understanding of our world and the complex issues we now face. Whatever your primary field — business, education, Christian ministry, communications, agriculture, etc. — consider the new interdisciplinary Minor in Global Studies (GLST).

The GLST Minor provides multiple perspectives on the contemporary world and its complexities. The breadth of study prepares students with knowledge and skills essential for responsible citizenship and service in the global community.

Ethnic and Women’s Studies Minor
  • 18 credit hours

Understanding the diversity of the world we live in is essential to our Christian mission. The ability to navigate issues of race, gender and religion with a depth of knowledge is essential for effective life and service within our communities and abroad.  The goals for the ethnic and women’s studies minor are:

  • To provide resources for the further incorporation of the contributions of ethnic groups and women into all pertinent disciplines.
  • To examine cultural assumptions about ethnicity, gender, race and class in light of information made available by new research about current issues that ethnic groups and women face academically, professionally and personally.
  • To address the intersections of ethnicity, race, class and gender in contemporary society from a Christian perspective.
  • To establish in the campus community an awareness of the values, contributions and perspectives of ethnic groups and women.