The History Program is part of the Social Sciences Department and is committed to the highest possible standards in teaching and facilitating learning in a student-centered environment. History is the systematic study and interpretation of the past. Historians research, analyze, and interpret the past. They use many primary sources of information in their research, including government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, and unpublished materials such as manuscripts, personal diaries, and letters. Historians usually specialize in a country or region, a particular time period, or a particular field, such as social, intellectual, cultural, political, military, or diplomatic history. They communicate their research and findings through books, articles, essays, lectures, and seminars.
Many historians conduct some form of research and analysis for historical societies, and state and local governments. Others help study and preserve archival materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic buildings and sites. Those with a bachelor’s degree in history may work as high school history teachers, and graduate degrees provide opportunities to work as a college professor.
Some possible careers:
High school teacher, college professor, researcher or research assistant, public historian, policy advisor, urban planner, writer, editor, information manager, museum curator, archivist, genealogist, tour guide, lawyer, historical archaeologist, historical site curator, librarian, foreign service officer, U.S. State Department employee, government service.
Program Student Learning Outcome statement:
Students in the History Program will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of the basic research methods in history;
- Knowledge of the major theoretical and philosophical trends in history;
- Knowledge of the major primary sources in various historical areas;
- Critical analysis and problem solving skills;
- Effective writing ability.