About the Major

History teaches students to understand the human social conditions through the systematic study of the human past. As a history major, you will learn to see and interpret cause and effect and gain experience in research and writing. A historical perspective enriches any other field of study and serves as an excellent foundation for a wide range of liberal arts graduate programs. The courses will also provide you a solid basis for professional training in such fields as law, business, environmental affairs, historic preservation, public administration, and government. The history major offers three concentrations: U.S. history, European history, and African/Asian/Latin American history.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: critical thinking, strong writing skills, research, public speaking, and problem solving (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • American history
  • Nature of history
  • Colonial America
  • Soviet culture
  • The Renaissance
  • Ancient Rome
  • History capstone

Possible Careers

  • Marketing research
  • Museum educator
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Paralegal*
  • Politician campaign worker
  • Project manager
  • Research analyst

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Community and social services
  • Education
  • Ivy Tech
  • Nonprofits
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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