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Maxwell / Department of History

The Department of History’s Undergraduate Program welcomes you!

An understanding of the past is essential to shaping the present and future of our nation and the world. As a  history major or minor,you will not be asked to memorize facts. Rather, you will be challenged to develop your reading, writing, and research skills so that you can understand the past and face the future.

Our  award-winning faculty teach a wide range of classes on fascinating times and places, from Ancient Greece to Modern China, and on topics that society continues to grapple with, like violence, political power, and religion.

A major or minor in history teaches you important skills that employers value: how to do independent research, how to write well, and how to critically evaluate information.

A history degree is great training for many career paths. Our graduates have gone on to jobs in law, business, politics, media and journalism, publishing, teaching, the non-profit sector, museums and archives, and even professional sports. They have been admitted to graduate programs in law, public policy, medicine, and other fields.

80% of recent S.U. graduates who had Arts and Sciences majors and minors, including those with history degrees, found full-time employment or got into graduate school. Check out the data on placement.

Learn more about what you can do with a history major or minor and take a look at our career resources for majors and minors.

There is a lot going on in the history department. As a history major or minor, you can join our history honor society, help to publish our own history journal, and  apply for money to fund your research project. You can also undertake a major work of independent scholarship -- the senior distinction thesis.

Meet our staff.

Contact us if you have questions!