To comprehend and prosper in a world in which the present becomes the past almost overnight a solid grounding in history proves very useful. Aside from learning about past events and the people who shaped them, the study of history equips students with research, analytical, and communications skills essential for success in business and the professions. Whether one is considering a career in law, education, the diplomatic service, public administration or business, an undergraduate degree in History sets the individual apart.
The BA in History program prepares students for careers in law, education, publishing, diplomacy, museums, and public administration. Concentrations are offered in US, European, and non-Western History. The major may be combined with a number of different minors including Modern Languages, Economics, Management, Marketing and Law.
Studying history trains you to think clearly, to interpret evidence and to confront complex issues in informed ways. Our program gives you the opportunity to study state power, ethnic and religious conflict, sexual oppression, racial hierarchies, wealth and war in the fields of American, European, Asian, African, Latin American, and Middle Eastern history. Studying history provides students with an excellent preparation for law school, graduate work, teaching, and a variety of private and public service positions.
For History majors who wish to accelerate their graduate studies, we offer a number of combined undergraduate/graduate programs.
Students can expect engrossing debates in a friendly atmosphere and lively lectures by knowledgeable faculty who will challenge students to think critically, and grow academically and professionally, in order to meet the career opportunities of the 21st century.
The faculty of the department includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars, who are also engaging teachers, whether in the classroom or online. Their scholarship is evidenced by their numerous books, monographs, and articles published in journals, newspapers, and periodicals intended for general audiences. The department’s faculty members also present their research at international, national and regional conferences.
Students who choose to major or minor in any of the department’s academic disciplines have an opportunity to gain practical, resume-building experience through participation in the award-winning Model United Nations team, as well as internships in museums, historical societies, archives, government agencies, and think tanks.
Some recent student internship experiences have included:
- The United Nations
- The International Refugee Rights Initiative
- The www.howgreenismytown.org project
- The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars
- American Civil Liberties Union
- New York Immigration Coalition
- International Center for Transitional Justice
Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in fields including, but not limited to:
- Federal, state, and local governments
- Advanced education in government and public administration
- Political campaigns
- Public and private interest groups
- Foundations and intellectual or benevolent institutions
- Careers in business, especially with corporations that do business internationally
- Law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice organizations
- Military service
- Law school
- Public service, nonprofit administration and work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to graduate or law school, careers in higher education, education, nonprofit organizations, law, government agencies, multi-national corporations and financial institutions.