History

What Is It?:

History imparts the vital skills of discernment and synthesis through critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. It confronts students with worlds, times, places, and cultures, including their own, in ways they never before considered. To study history is to engage intellectually in the confrontation of peoples, ideas, and values because the past, no matter the society, is a foreign country.

For more information, please visit the Department of History

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • HIST 100—Global History
  • HIST 141 and 142—Western Civilizations
  • HIST 200—Introduction to Historical Interpretation

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

Historians as Advocates

  • Lawyers and Paralegals
  • Litagation Support
  • Legislative Staff Work
  • Foundations

Historians as Communicators

  • Writers and Editors
  • Journalists
  • Documentary Editors
  • Producers of Multimedia Material
Historians as Educators
  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Historic Sites and Museums

Historians as Information Managers

  • Archivists
  • Records Managers
  • Librarians
  • Information Managers

Historians as Researchers

  • Museums and Historical Organizations
  • Cultural Resources Management
  • Historic Preservation Think Tanks

Historians in Businesses and Associations

  • Historians in Corportations
  • Contract Historians
  • Historians in Nonprofit Assocations

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Archivist
  • Community Relations Director
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • FBI or CIA Agent
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government Official
  • Historian
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Consultant
  • Museum Curator
  • Peace Corps or Vista Worker
  • Political Scientist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban Administrator
  • Writer or Author

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Phi Alpha Theta: a professional society that promotes the study of history
    • Model United Nations: provides opportunity for students to learn about the purpose, structure, and history of the United Nations through open forum discussion of issues pertaining to real world scenarios

Related Skills:

  • Ability to appreciate diverse perspectives
  • Ability to collect/organize historical data
  • Ability to conduct/explain scientific research
  • Ability to identify/evaluate records of the past
  • Ability to interpret complex material
  • Ability to make observations/solve problems
  • Ability to observe people/data
  • Ability to see relationships
  • Proficiency in reading comprehension
  • Strong writing skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in History, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to History.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of History.  These organizations include American Historical Association and Organization of American Historians.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in History, visit Undergraduate Programs.