The Department of Historical Studies

Historians strive to understand past events, societies and individuals and how they have changed and developed over time. We seek the meanings of change in relation to our present experiences. We are in dialogue with the past and with our contemporaries in order to better understand ourselves and the world around us.  

Studying history adds value to any field of study and professional training. Historical studies develop critical thinking and leadership skills that apply in many 21st-century careers.

Why choose a degree in Historical Studies?

Historical studies will teach you how to:

Studying history may lead to careers in:

In the public sector historians may work in:

Historians may conduct interviews to provide oral histories for a variety of public agencies, private businesses and corporations, or individual families. 

 Studying history inspires us to define our own identities through studying other cultures and the legacies of our collective past. In studying history, we become engaged citizens and participants in current social, economic and political debates with appreciation of the depth and complexity of these myriad issues over time.

Nondegree Students

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students. Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.