If you are intellectually curious and thrive in a hands-on, problem-solving environment where you become a detective in pursuit of sources and answers, then our history major is for you.
In this program, you will be challenged and empowered to comprehend the past to develop a well-informed, sophisticated understanding of the world, while developing skills in research, critical thinking and effective communication that employers in many career fields value.
Explore your interests in history with courses that range from Ancient Rome to the Cold War, from Latin America to the Middle East. You can focus your attention on one topic or sample broadly from varied times and places. You will also benefit from an experiential, hands-on education, offering you diverse pathways for completion, including internships or studying abroad.
"The Department of History has prepared me for the workforce by helping me get meaningful internship experiences. They consistently inform us about internship opportunities, and my advisor makes me feel like he is genuinely interested in seeing me succeed. From freshman to junior year, my continued exposure to formal writing and research has drastically improved my writing capabilities." —Mikiah Dumas, History Major
Engaged in an interactive learning experience, our students are constantly working through and discussing problems, concepts and ideas. History students embrace “learning by doing” through researching and analyzing sources. They are both challenged and empowered to engage the past and to draw their own conclusions in pursuit of answers to today’s challenges. Our history majors can also travel the world through one of our international study programs and witness history come alive through firsthand experiences.
Our small class sizes make it possible for students to be mentored by our faculty on a personal and professional level. We provide personalized advising to explore careers and the paths to get there. Faculty also oversee student internships.
We have nationally recognized teachers and scholars who have spent years honing their craft to help students learn. Our faculty members take their role as advisors and mentors seriously as they work closely with students to achieve their personal, academic and career goals.
With Samford ranked #10 in the nation for career preparation by the Wall Street Journal, you will be well-equipped for a wide range of careers as employers increasingly seek out history majors for their creative thinking, clear writing and critical insight. By studying the past, you learn to think with rigor, write with clarity and precision, organize and assess evidence, analyze problems and interpret complex events. You will also study with professors distinguished for their scholarly research and classroom teaching.
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