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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of History

Why Major in History?

Department of History

Why major in History?

Not only do history majors receive a traditional liberal arts education, they also learn critical reading, writing, and communication skills that land them fantastic jobs upon graduation in such fields as:

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Non-Profits
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Museum Work
  • Education/Teaching
  • International Work
  • Law

Many of our students also go on to top graduate schools in history or fields related to history, such as historical sociology, museum studies, or international studies.

Interested in pursuing a career in teaching?

Then you might want to consider the Morgridge College of Education's Dual Degree Program in Teacher Education, which allows you to combine a major in History with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, all in just five years.

Here's what some of our recent graduates are doing:

  • Derek Holmgren '07 is in the PhD program in History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Peter Finn '06 is attending law school at the University of San Francisco.
  • Bess Stoneham '05 is a marketing and public relations assistant with the Dallas Symphony.
  • Luke Turnier '05 is an instructor in world/European history at the Denver Academy.
  • Taryn Marks '04 is in the Joint JD/MA program in Law and International Studies at Duke University.
  • Christie Wren '03 works for a non-profit organization in Boston working on peace initiatives in the Middle East.
  • Amie Levesque '03 is a PhD candidate in historical sociology at Northeastern University.
  • Darcie Fontaine '03 is in the PhD program in History at Rutgers University.
  • Robin Beran '02 is a medical doctor.
  • Joey Lubinski '00 is an attorney at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll in Denver.

Requirements for the History Major and Minor.