Ron Morgan, Chair
ACU Box 28130
Abilene, Texas 79699-8130
Hardin Administration Building, Room 324
Mark Cullum, Associate Professor
Kelly Elliot, Associate Professor
Ronald Morgan, Professor
Tracy Shilcutt, Professor
Vernon L. Williams, Professor
Allan Yarema, Associate Professor
The Department of History and Global Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Global Studies and the Bachelor of Science degree in History (One-Field Teacher Certification Grades 7-12), and Social Studies for Teachers (Grades 7-12). A minor in history, global studies, or ethnic and women’s studies may be added to other majors.
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. The 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. There is an attractive future for those who specialize in history and global studies, including such areas as the following:
- College Teaching. This is one of the most desirable careers for history majors. For those who go on to a master’s degree, openings may be available in junior colleges. University teaching positions may be available to those who attain the PhD.
- Government Service. Careers for historians exist in local, state, and federal governments, including military and security-related fields.
- Graduate Studies. History is an exceptionally good area for preparation for graduate studies in fields that require broad, liberal arts education at the undergraduate level.
- Journalism. History is splendid preparation for students who seek graduate study and careers in journalism.
- Law. History is one of several fields especially suitable as pre-law education, and Global Studies provides excellent training for work in International Law.
- Museums, Archives and Libraries. The creation of special documents collections, presidential libraries, research centers and historical society museums has increased opportunities for persons with history training. Additional technical training may be required.
- High School Teaching. Certification to teach high school history or social studies may be obtained by completing the Bachelor of Science degree in One-Field History or Social Studies for Teachers and passing the Texas state certification tests (content and pedagogy). The Social Studies for Teachers prepares students to teach history, government, geography, economics, sociology, and psychology while the One-Field History prepares students to teach history.
- International Development and Aid organizations. Global Studies provides a foundation for economic development and poverty alleviation.
- Cross-Cultural Christian ministry. Global Studies, in combination with training in missions, gives a well-rounded perspective for global ministry.
- International Business and Marketing. Global Studies pairs well with business studies, either as a double-major or complimentary minor, providing international context for business.
- Global Energy, Agriculture, and Health industries. Global Studies concerns itself with new technologies and public policies in areas of food, energy, and health security.
Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinor