A history major prepares students for a broad range of careers in business, law, education, religion, communications, government service (both domestic and foreign), and other professions. It is excellent preparation for graduate study in history and for professional schools such as business administration and law. As a traditional major for students planning legal careers, the department offers students a strong background in western and non-western institutions and values.
The major also provides subject preparation for those seeking a career in education. History majors who wish to obtain certification for secondary teaching must meet additional requirements through the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education. The student’s degree affiliation remains in Arts and Sciences, and he or she must meet all University core curriculum and general education requirements imposed by the bachelor of arts.