History is the broadest and most integrative of all disciplines concerned with human beings and society. Today's historians use the research tools of the social sciences to understand and explain major events and changes in human experience over time. Yet history has always been considered one of the humanities, and it remains so because historians are concerned with issues of value and meaning, with the significance that historical events had for the lives of individuals and groups. Students of history gain an understanding of people, groups and society and a sensitivity both to detailed research and the "big picture." Through the study of history, students can become better prepared for life in a rapidly changing world and a rapidly evolving economy.
Professions like law and medicine have always considered history an ideal undergraduate major because it emphasizes the essential intellectual skills: critical thinking, research, writing and speaking. For these reasons history also remains a sound preparation for almost any undergraduate and a good choice for the typical student in America, who graduates with a basic education rather than specific job training. Most history majors, like other majors in the arts and sciences, go into a wide variety of jobs in the business world--from sales or communications to research and administration. The most popular history-related field that majors enter is teaching, and the Department of History offers a secondary teacher-licensure program in cooperation with the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education with the College of Education. Other opportunities for training in history-related fields are available as well. Members of the faculty have expertise and offer courses in historic preservation, local history, and other aspects of public history. Through the master's program, history majors can pursue their interests at the graduate level. (See The Graduate School website and the Graduate Studies section on this website).
Study Abroad: Arrangements can be made for study abroad in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America or Canada.