While a B.A. in History, Secondary Teaching Certification might not “make you rich,” in this field you will definitely find enrichment through teaching. History is an essential part of high school curriculum, whether in public or private schools, and excellent teachers are always in demand. Having specialties in several areas of history is sure to make a graduate even more valuable.

Southwestern Adventist University history graduates have done very well with this degree as high school teachers, and some have used this degree as the foundation for master's work that has then led to a position in school administration.


Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there is an expected 4% growth of high school teaching positions. That amounts to 38,200 job openings between 2018-2028. This is due to both the retirement of veteran teachers and the decline in student/teacher ratios.


Educational Qualifications

A B.A. in History, Secondary Teaching Certification is an excellent foundation for graduate study entry-level teaching jobs. Pairing this degree with a modern language minor can make you even more valuable to school districts because of the diversity of cultures and languages found in schools today (and perhaps earn you a boost in pay).


As a high school history teacher, you will share valuable insight into the world’s history to your students. This gives the next generation a deep understanding of how history shaped today’s government, culture, and politics and how it affects their lives.


  • History Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Historian

Median annual wage for high school teachers in May 2019

Faculty Profiles

Steve Jones, PhD

History & Social Science
Professor and Department Chair

Elizabeth Bowser, MA

History & Social Science
Assistant Professor