The study of history is much more than simply memorizing dates. Historical research is like detective work: you search for potential sources of information, consider the motivations that drove each writer, and construct your retelling of events.
History helps prepare you for everyday life and helps you to solve problems of the present and the future. Our history major will provide you with a generalist training in history, which means you will learn the fundamentals of analyzing and contextualizing bodies of social, cultural, and political data. With a degree in history, you can pursue graduate degrees or careers in law, teaching, government, business, and so much more.
If you would like to pursue an advanced degree in history, it is recommended that you pursue a BA in general history.
The 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog can provide you with the specific requirements and options for a major in history.
Fast Track Program
This degree option also provides students with the opportunity to be a part of the university's fast track program, Degree in 3. Degree in 3 allows you to graduate in three years instead of four, giving you ahead start on your career or graduate school.
If this option sounds interesting, you will work with a faculty advisor and an additional advisor to help your through your studies. These advisors will meet with you on a frequent basis to help you avoid scheduling issues and provide encouragement. You should know that this option requires that you be mature, confident, and focused. You will be required to take a full load, about 15 to 18 credit hours each semester, and you will take classes during two or three summer sessions.
A general history major is the only major option in the Department of History that qualifies for the Degree in 3 program.