What is History?
History is the study of the past. History majors explore artifacts and recorded history to learn about and understand historical events. Expect lots of independent research and reading!
Is History a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Do you love to read? Do you enjoy the History Channel? Are you a good listener? Are you a “history buff”? Do you love your Social Studies classes? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Are you fascinated by your family’s own history? Do you like to write? Do you enjoy a good mystery? Do you enjoy critical thinking? Do you enjoy research? If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, then history might be the major for you!
High School Classes Needed for a History Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- 3 Math Credits
- 3 Science Credits
- At least 3 Social Studies Credits
- At least 2 Foreign Language Credits
- If your high school offers the following courses, take advantage!
- AP U.S. History
- AP Art History
- AP World History
- AP European History
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
Common History Courses in College:
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- European History
- French Revolution
- History of Africa
- Medieval History
- Methods of Research
- U.S. History
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- Anthropology: the study of human beings
- African-American Studies: the study of the history and culture of North Americans of African descent
- Archaeology: the study of the history of societies
- Art History: the study of the history of art
- Comparative Literature: the study of literature from several different countries, cultures, and languages
- International Relations: the study of interactions between organizations and nations
- Journalism: a course of study that prepares students to share the news via a variety of media
- Liberal Arts & Sciences: an introductory study of literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, and sciences
- Peace Studies: the study of war, conflict, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution
- Political Science: the study of government and politics
- Psychology: the study of the human mind and of human behavior
- Sociology: the study of human social behavior
Students who earn history degrees can go on to many different careers. Many choose to go to graduate school. Some go on to serve as teachers, writers, or journalists. Some go on to work in museums or libraries. Some go to work for the government.