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

The study of our past is a vital component to the success of our future.

To make good choices at both a micro- and macro-scale, our world requires understanding grounded in historical fact—exactly the type of perspective that a history major is well prepared to provide.

The Curriculum

The fundamentals of historical research

Each of your courses will utilize and strengthen your core research skills. You will analyze and comprehend primary source texts, use periodization and chronology as organizing principles, and ultimately use your gained knowledge of significant historical events to articulate and convey compelling arguments.

Build on your core skills

Lower division courses center on the history of world civilizations and the United States and the core skills you will need to succeed in more specialized course work. Upper division courses offer you a variety of specialized classes, seminars, and independent studies that allow more in-depth exploration of specific topics.

Go where the history is

Faculty-led travel courses allow you to explore histories at the sites of their creation. You will 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.


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

  • Museum Studies

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Your Future

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

They are also in demand in the public and private sectors because of their training as good writers, effective researchers, and perceptive analysts.

Our alumni study at:

  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Toronto
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Royal Holloway, London
  • George Washington University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Bristol
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

They work for:

  • Legislative Aide, US Congress
  • Gruber, Hurst, Johansen, Hail and Shank Law Offices
  • National Historical Foundation
  • Children and Family Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Upward Bound
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Peace Corps.
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • National Archives and Records Administration

Career paths:

  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Assistant Curator
  • City Manager
  • Engineering Technician
  • Deputy Commander, US Navy
  • Archivist
  • Educator
  • Dean of Admissions
  • Dramaturgist