History Major

Description: A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.

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History Major

What Kinds of Students Major in History?

Students who specialize in history are typically those who plan to teach, practice law, or enter government service; but history students also go into business, librarianship, foundation work, management of local history projects, and fundraising. Some history majors become successful writers. History majors should enjoy using their analytical skills to see beyond the surface of issues to understand their significance. They should also have well developed abilities in writing and evaluation so they can comprehend, compare, and criticize arguments and ideas.

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What Courses Do History Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for History majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • American History
  • Biography and American History
  • European History
  • Freedom and Responsibility
  • Myth and Reality in the American Past
  • Non-Western History
  • Slavery in America
  • The American Civil War
  • The Holocaust
  • Western Tradition of Justice and the Law

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