History

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

Studying the past is the key to your future.

In addition to becoming a knowledgeable historian, you’ll also be a strong writer, an effective researcher, and a perceptive analyst — abilities that are in demand and will serve you well in any field you choose to enter.

The Curriculum
Better understand the world

Studying history isn’t about memorizing dates. It’s about gaining insight into the way our world once worked and how that influences societies today. By understanding the past, you’ll be able to offer a clearer perspective on modern global issues.

Explore topics important to you

In addition to learning about general world and U.S. history, you’ll examine specific topics in depth, such as the Civil War, Medieval Europe, the Middle East, the Cold War, and women in history. Choose the ones that interest you most!

Go where the history is

International travel courses will allow you to explore histories at the sites of their creation. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in internships and engage in projects that will bring you to the archives, libraries, and other sources of primary data in Southern California.

Contribute your unique perspective

Connect with the intellectual community by joining the National History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta. Plugging in to this large and growing professional network of historians will allow you to share your ideas and take an active role in the collective understanding of history.

Programs

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor


Concentrations
  • Museum Studies

Popular Minor Pairings

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Your Future

History majors often pursue graduate work in law or the social sciences, but are equally well prepared to begin careers in museum studies, archival work, genealogy, public administration, and media reporting.

If your career aspirations include teaching social science for grades 7-12, we offer a distinct major designed to meet your needs.

Our alumni study at:

  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Marquette University Law School
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Royal Holloway, London
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University of Bristol
  • UC Irvine
  • UCLA
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto

They work for:

  • Legislative Aide, US Congress
  • National Historical Foundation
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Peace Corps.
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • US Navy
  • Public Defenders Office
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Lynda.com
  • Rocky Mountain Human Services
  • Bank of America
  • Blue Cross

Career paths:

  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Assistant Curator
  • City Manager
  • Engineering Technician
  • Archivist
  • Educator
  • Dramaturgist
  • Pastor
  • Law Enforcement
  • Pilot
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Planner
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