A Foothold in the Past, A Foundation for the Future

Lose yourself in large books with the word “Century” on the cover. Revel in talking about how the Dark Ages could actually be rather bright. Share your watchlist of documentaries about ancient cultures, Viking warships, life in Regency England, and the end of the Cold War.

It’s the call to understand the impact of the past from a Christian worldview, and we hear it at Belhaven. You belong with us.

We approach history as the effort to integrate the lessons of millennia of human experiences with our present and future. Our students say majoring in history is life-changing, priceless, and irreplaceable.

Find your haven of unforgettable fellowship here, where the inspiration and discoveries never end.

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Why You’ll Love History at Belhaven

World-Class Mentors

Excellent scholars and caring teachers, who guide you into your own excellence as a student and a historian.

Challenging Careers

Our graduates go on to work in schools, government agencies, churches, media, businesses, and Christian organizations across Mississippi and around the world.

Hands-On Internships

Take advantage of real-world experience in government offices and in other public policy areas.

Christian Worldview

History isn’t a recitation of facts. Historians examine human decisions and value systems; Belhaven historians consider those decisions and systems within a Christian worldview.

What Can You Do with a History Degree?

  • Education: Earn a secondary education certificate and teach (and coach) in high school; then go on to graduate school for a masters' or Ph.D. to teach in a college or university.
  • Law: Prepare for law school and practice law, or use this training to acquire a variety of positions in business, government, etc.
  • Church: Prepare to enter the ministry, other church positions, or the missionary field.
  • Government: Various civil service positions are available at the federal, state, and local levels. For example, the FBI, the IRS, the Foreign Service on the federal level, and the Department of Archives and History on the state level.
  • Library: Prepare for library science studies and become a librarian, archivist, or curator.
  • Media: Enter the field of journalism with the printed press, television, radio, or documentary films. Some history majors have become novel writers!
  • Travel: Work as a travel agent, planning and guiding tours.
  • Business and industry: Many large businesses, like banks, insurance companies, communications firms, etc., prefer to employ persons who are knowledgeable about world affairs and who have high skills in reading comprehension and in communications, especially writing.
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Small Classes, Big Opportunities

13:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes mean close-knit learning communities

1883 Founding Date

Our rich heritage of excellent educational opportunities spans nearly 140 years

Belhaven Advantage

Talk to your advisor about Belhaven’s free tuition promise when you declare a double major

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Why Trust Belhaven With Your Future?

Our quality is recognized by SACSCOC, which grants our institutional accreditation and authority to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees. Plus, we’re consistently recognized by organizations like U.S. News & World Report for our academic excellence, commitment to community service, expert faculty, and overall value.

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History Highlights

When you major or minor in history, your core courses in civilizations and U.S. history give you a solid foundation for advanced studies in other historical periods, major cultural developments, and political theories and practices.

Community internships in museums, libraries, archives, and government agencies allow for practical experience with historical records. Guided research, academic treatises, and original essays give you the confidence to demonstrate your skill to prospective employers.

History at Belhaven: What You Need to Know

The Department of History and Political Science offers internships in various government offices and in other public policy areas. To pursue these practical learning experiences, students enroll in Political Science 490.

A Rewarding Decision: Reflections from a History Major

“From the start, there has never been a moment where I did not feel welcome here.  Nowhere else will you find such a friendly and supportive community that accepts you for who you are.” 

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The Belhaven Advantage

Fuel your academic passions and expand your career options. Belhaven offers our freshmen a unique deal: double major, and we’ll pay the tuition if you need a fifth year in school. Double major in two arts programs, pair a business degree with a STEM major … the possibilities are endless!

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Contact Us

Office of Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

For campus visit:
Jimmy Hood Welcome Center
855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932


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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13