B.A. in History
History majors receive broad education in historical knowledge and develop critical skills in research, analysis and writing. The 129-credit Bachelor of Arts in History covers the foundations of Western and American civilization, from the ancient world to contemporary America. As part of the program, majors take a seminar in their sophomore year that provides training in the analysis of historical documents. In the fall semester of the senior year, majors take the “capstone” course in which they hone their research skills and produce a well-argued historical essay.
The B.A. in History provides a strong foundation for a number of career options including education, public service, publishing, business and museum work. History is often chosen as a major by students who plan to enter a profession that requires postgraduate education, such as law, business administration, librarianship, journalism or public policy. Graduate programs in these fields give preference to students who have developed a broad perspective on human problems and who have had training in the analysis of complex issues. A history major is excellent preparation for further study of history at the graduate level.
For students who wish to become history or social studies teachers, the Department of History and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2); Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6); Middle Childhood Education (Grades 5 to 9); and Adolescence Education (Grades 7 to 12). To learn more about our teacher-training programs in history and social studies, visit the Department of Curriculum and Instruction Web site.