Besides paving the way to careers in government, law, journalism, business, and education, the study of history cultivates critical skills useful in all walks of life. These include the ability to communicate verbally and in writing; to conduct research using diverse sources of information; and to understand how social and historical contexts shape cultures and inform solutions. History majors develop a broad understanding of the world and an appreciation of human diversity. The history major cultivates critical thinking about how political and legal systems emerge and develop, how cultures evolve, how people form communities, and how they affect change.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Build skills in writing, critical reading, and research.

  2. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  3. Understand and evaluate interpretations and arguments.

  4. Find innovative solutions by studying past problems.

  5. Equip yourself with a wide variety of opportunities for employment or further study.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in History may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Arts (MA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). History provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Legal professions


Education and training

Business management and administration

Politics and public interest groups

Museums and historical sites

Libraries and archives

Art, design and social media

Nonprofit organizations
Alumni Jobs

Policy analyst, U.S Congress

Communications director

Corporate training manager

Social studies teacher

Corporate partnership and events officer


International account manager

Public utilities analyst


Nonprofit community outreach director
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Choose two from different areas: HIST 100-3, 104-6, 190-2, 201-3, 215, 250-1; Language 101-3

2nd Year
HIST 290; Choose one: HIST 2xx; Choose one: HIST 3xx; Second language (year two)

3rd Year
Choose two: HIST 3xx; Choose two HIST 4xx

4th Year
HIST 407; Choose two: HIST 4xx

Major Credits
Required   49 (as of AY20)
Electives May take add'l HIST

Total 49 (as of AY20)

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Research design and execution

Critical thinking and reasoning

Oral and written communication

Qualitative analysis

Exposure to dynamic digital presentations and platforms

History and analysis of public policy development and programs

Grant writing

History of public relations, civic engagement and the public sphere

Histories of human relationships, culture, race, class, gender, including how they affect human societies in the present day

Cultural literacy
Experiential learning opportunities

Mentored Research

Reacting to the Past Simulations

Oral History Interview Projects

Museum Analysis and Interpretation

Digital History and Website Design

History Showcase Conference

Community Outreach Projects
Specialized Courses

Environmental History

Food in World History

Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Slavery, Emancipation, and Race Relations

Cities in History

East Asian History and Culture

South Asian History and Culture

Latin American History and Culture

African Society and Culture

Sport History
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