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History

In many ways, history is the most comprehensive major: everything and everybody has a history. The study of history is the study of change over time. Studying history increases your sensitivity to the uniqueness of people and important human events. 

Our challenging major (BA) or minor in history gives you opportunities to explore all aspects of history in a friendly and supportive setting.

The history program has close ties with the interdisciplinary major in International Relations and the minors in Gender studies and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

What Will I Study?

Your classes will cover a range of history, from ancient Greek and Roman civilization to the present day.

For the major, you choose an area of emphasis in American or European history. Core courses in European and non-Western history form the basis for both of the emphasis tracks.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Learning about history prepares you for success in government, business, teaching, or any other career. History majors are often employed in areas such as:

  • Government service
  • Historical organizations and museums
  • Libraries
  • Publishing
  • Research institutions
  • Religious and philanthropic organizations
  • Teaching
  • Communications media
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Market research
  • Journalism
  • Public relations

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • Intelligence Specialist, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Director of Development, Historical Society of West Virginia
  • Financial Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Park Guide, Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Musuem Technician, National Park Service

Read more about our graduates.

History Graduates Are Attending Graduate School at:

  • Villanova University
  • UNC - Chapel Hill
  • Rice University

Alumni in Action

Tyrone GaffordTyrone Gafford '94, MEd '08, principal of Altavista Combined School, was the first in his family to attend college. Read his story.

John Reilly smallJohn Reilly '86, retail marketing consultant, explains how a history degree has impacted his career.