The study of history fosters a critical approach to the human past, an acquaintance with past and present issues of social justice, and an awareness of human diversity. History courses provide an opportunity for students to gain knowledge of the human past and present in order to locate themselves and others in a historical, social, and intellectual context. History courses also convey an appreciation of history as an academic discipline with its own rules of inquiry. 

The history major teaches students to analyze historical problems from several perspectives, to use primary sources and historical literature critically and effectively, and to employ historical perspectives and sources appropriately in the construction of oral and written accounts of the human past. History majors acquire both general knowledge of the human past and more detailed knowledge of a concentration within the field of historical inquiry. The history department offers five concentrations: African history, European history, global history, Latin American history and United States history.

The history department offers major and minor programs in history and in history for secondary and middle school teachers. In every program a student with a strong academic background may, with the department's consent, substitute courses on the 200 or 300 level for the required 100-level history courses and History 143 and 144.

History Minor

Because history is about understanding how human societies change and develop over time, it makes a helpful addition to any course of study. For example, psychology majors can apply what they learn about universal human behaviors to specific cultures. Or business majors can draw parallels between what they learn about today’s business institutions and functions and how they might develop in the future based on past changes.

For a deeper intellectual experience, we encourage history minors to choose at least three courses from one of the five areas of concentration. And all history minors must intensify at least one course.

Career Opportunities

History is a well-rounded degree program and our current history majors have big plans, including law school, politics, teaching, the military, graduate school, museum studies, public history, library science, social work, working for local, state, or federal government, and the FBI. You can do anything with a history degree.

Here is what some of our graduates are doing now:

  • Teaching. Schools continue to need new history and social studies teachers, particularly those who can teach in areas beyond American history when needed. Many students have found this program dovetails well with the programs in Dominican’s School of Education, too.
  • Law School. Because of its emphasis on asking questions and drawing conclusions based on past behavior or events, history is a great pre-law major.
  • Business. Many general employers realize that history majors have learned to know which questions should be asked and, often, how to figure out the answers. These are general skills that adapt well to many work settings, even when the major’s content may not be directly applicable to the company’s business. In short, history majors tend to be quick studies on the job.
  • Information-oriented Work Settings. Museums, archives and historical societies can be viable, but competitive choices for history graduates. The history degree is excellent preparation for applying to Dominican’s School of Information Studies.
  • Government Service. Professional jobs can be found at many governmental agencies that have varying levels of emphasis on history. With foreign language preparation, some Dominican graduates have joined the U.S. Foreign Service.
  • Graduate School in History. For those who want to enter academia, graduate school in history will be essential training.


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