A Call to Investigate

A student of history joins a team of investigators that spans continents and generations. Though historians differ widely in their particular interests, they all look to the human past to find answers to questions that weigh upon them in the present. The past always has a way of moving further and further from view, but people always seem to find ways to leave behind evidence of who they were and what they were up to. Historians treasure that evidence the way all detectives treasure clues: by asking good questions and making careful inferences, they can offer compelling explanations to human mysteries that might otherwise go unsolved.


Students can minor in history to fulfill the LENS requirement for the Fine Arts and Humanities, or as an additional minor to complement a major in English, Philosophy, or any other program within the Fine Arts and Humanities lens.  The history minor builds students’ skills of critical reading, logic, research, and written composition—skills that are essential parts of a well-rounded college education.

The history minor requires the successful completion of at least 15 hours in history coursework, including the following classes:

  • World Civilization I or World Civilization II
  • U.S. History I or U.S. History II
  • Two Upper-Level History Electives
  • Historiography

History minors can also take advantage of the full range of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities available to history majors, such as study abroad, internships, and membership in Phi Alpha Theta (after completion of 12 hours in history).

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“What I love about Ozarks is that there is so much diversity of ideas and opinions and viewpoints, yet everybody is accepting and respectful of one another. I love being exposed to those different ideas and viewpoints because as historians that’s important to us. You may not agree with somebody’s ideas or opinions, but it’s important for us to understand as much as we can about how other people think and view the world.”

Jonathan Bowen, Clarksville, AR
History Major, Class of 2020


Bowen helps bring Civil War history to life

University of the Ozarks freshman John Bowen not only loves history, he lives history.

History and Literature grad Arant headed to law school

Matt Arant, a 2012 Ozarks graduate, will begin a next chapter of his life this fall at Mercer Law School in Macon, Ga.

Movie series explores deeper meanings found in historical films

For many of us, an evening at the movies is time that we really look forward to. There's just something about watching a story unfold on the big screen that draws us in, bringing out powerful emotions such as joy, sadness, or fear in a way that few other forms of entertainment can. But through a special film series here at Ozarks, a night at the movies can do even more…it can also change the way we look at the history of mankind.

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

David McCullough