History, BA

Why History?

History courses don’t simply introduce past eras of the world:  they teach students to write, research, and argue effectively.  History majors gain the skills for a wide range of successful careers, from teaching to law to environmental science to business management. Small classes, student camaraderie, internship opportunities, and faculty mentoring in the History Department create a stimulating and rewarding undergraduate experience. 


Students of any major can take History classes. Student can pursue a deeper interest in History through a:

Graduates can also pursue a Masters Degree through our active and innovative Masters in History program, which includes an M.A. in History that can be pursued either face to face or online, with programs specializing in Public History and in Archives.

Satisfy Requirements and Satisfy Curiosity

History Department courses allow students to investigate a variety of topics while satisfying University General Education requirements.

Some of those requirements and courses include:

Active Teaching & Effective Learning

Find a classroom experience that works well for you in our History courses.

Both HIST 101 and our research capstone courses—the beginning and ending courses for our History majors –are capped at small enrollments, to ensure careful one-on-one work with our professors.

In other classes, faculty use innovative pedagogy to explore broader themes or to engage larger classes. Professors use object lessons and guest presenters to make abstract concepts come alive  Our lecture halls buzz with conversation, as students work through a problem with each other or discuss the details of a day’s reading. 
Some courses involve field trips or visits to local archives. Students studying medieval history read primary-source texts in translation and look at artwork from the period to understand the lives of people long gone. We listen to music—from protest songs of Rio’s barrios to campfire songs of the American Civil War. 

Courses in genealogical research provide hands-on learning. Students in our courses have staged art exhibits, learned to take oral histories, and discovered new meaning from local architecture and neighborhoods. We take the university out into the world, and we bring the world into our classrooms. 

History majors begin with our HIST 101 “boot camp,” which introduces historical methods and skills through exploration of topics ranging from the Roaring 1920s in the United States to American Indian history. 

Students then choose their own specific courses, guided by requirements that they take courses at all levels of the curriculum and in a variety of geographic areas and broad time periods.  History majors gain an understanding of many times and places, with the ability to focus on themes ranging from Urban History to Immigration to Ancient History. 

Our research and methods capstone course helps History majors pull together all they’ve learned by exploring a topic in depth and then creating a project of independent research.

History Provides a Career Foundation

History Department graduates go on to make fascinating careers in a variety of fields. Among our recent grads: 

Student Learning Objectives