Why We Study History 

An understanding of history requires students to integrate many branches of knowledge. Individual history courses cut across lines of the social sciences, humanities, and even the natural sciences. More important to the history student than learning what has happened is understanding the process of change.

By comparing the human conditions over decades or centuries, history students identify fundamental social trends and analyze critical causal factors. History students develop research, analytical and writing skills necessary not only for work, but for living. A history major builds confidence for making judgments in many fields of human endeavor. To view our history career brief, click here.

What it takes to be a History Major

36 credit hours total, of which only two classes are specified for you by the program. The rest of your history classes are up to you and your interests! Check out our course offerings here. We invite you to explore and expand your academic interests by studying the history of different time periods, geographic regions, and cultures.

Through history courses, students should be proficient in the following areas characteristic of critical thinking:
1) Textual analysis. Analyze texts of a variety of types, distinguishing the various philosophical, historical, and/or literary elements.
2) Interpretive skills. Engage with texts to develop supported meaningful readings.
3) Context awareness. Identify the cultural, historical, and intellectual influences on a text.
4) Ethical thinking. Recognize various ethical situations and ideas, and distinguish viable ethical positions from simple opinions or self-interest.

View the Major in History requirements worksheet here


Please note: Students must declare a major by the time they have completed 60 semester hours of coursework.