Study the Past to Prepare for the Future
Historians reconstruct, analyze, and interpret the human past in all its diversity and complexity. Our major introduces all periods of history across the world and allows exploration of different facets of the human experience. It develops critical skills, insights, and perspectives to help us understand the present and prepare for the future.
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Curriculum and Courses
In addition to Introduction to Historical Inquiry, you take required courses in American history, Western or European civilization, and world history, and a senior capstone. You also select electives representing a variety of subjects and approaches to history. Department offerings range from "The Mongol and Their World" to "Recent American History."
- HST 111 Survey of American History
- HST 206 Historical Inquiry
- HST 296 World History Since 1945
- HST 374 History of the Russian Empire
- HST 382 Women in American History
The great majority of recent graduates have gone on to careers in business, law, government service, and journalism. Some of their titles are social studies teacher, public relations coordinator, research director, assistant bank manager, reference librarian, and legal assistant. Although most of these careers require graduate or some specialized undergraduate training, history students have the advantage of a broad, diversified undergraduate education in their applications for graduate and professional schools.
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of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019
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Jacob used professors’ guidance to find research opportunities and get career advice. Their recommendations helped in his acceptance to the University of Cambridge for a master’s in Economic and Social History.
Jacob Bruggeman ’19
History, Political Science
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