The History major lies at the center of the liberal arts curriculum and supports the University's goal of offering a broad university education based on the world’s arts, letters, and sciences. It offers students the opportunity to expand their horizons around the globe and across time from the earliest human era to the present. History students work in positions of challenge and responsibility in nearly every field, from business to teaching to law to government service. Many go on to earn graduate and professional degrees. They learn skills in research, writing, critical thinking, synthesis and interdisciplinarity that offer the best preparation for the varying challenges of work and service in the rapidly changing world.
The major’s central goal is to develop a student's ability to think clearly, communicate effectively, learn independently and solve problems successfully.
The skills and attitudes acquired by students of history become valuable assets in the professional world. With excellent writing, analytical and research skills, history majors enjoy a bright future in fields of education, government, publishing, information, advocacy, and business. A wealth of opportunities awaits the history graduate, including careers as teachers, writers, lawyers, archivists, politicians, and entrepreneurs. The values of curiosity and inquisitiveness make history majors people who desire to learn more and live life as a continual education.