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

Know the past, shape the future.

The study of our past is a vital component to the success of our future. As a History major, you will develop excellent research, writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills as you explore the roots of our present world.

Faculty-led travel courses allow you to explore histories at the sites of their creation, and you will have the opportunity to engage in projects that will bring you to the archives, libraries, and other sources of primary data in Southern California.

The Curriculum

Lower division courses center on the history of world civilizations and the United States and the core skills a historian needs 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.

The Professors

Your Future

Our history majors are in demand in the public and private sectors because of their training as good writers, effective researchers, and perceptive analysts. The faculty is actively involved in mentoring students in career choices and avenues for professional development. The History program prepares students for graduate work in history and other social sciences, as well as careers in law, education, administration, museum studies, and journalism, among others.

Graduate Schools

  • 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


  • 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

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


of our students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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