About the history major

History teaches us to understand the human social conditions through the systematic study of the human past. As a history major, you'll learn to see and interpret cause and effect and gain experience in research and writing.

A historical perspective enriches any other field of study and serves as an excellent foundation for a wide range of liberal arts graduate programs. The history major courses also provide you a solid basis for professional training in other fields. The history major offers three concentrations: U.S. history, European history, and African/Asian/Latin American history.

Skills and abilities this major develops: critical thinking, strong writing skills, research, public speaking, and problem solving (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • American history
  • Ancient Rome
  • Colonial America
  • History capstone
  • Nature of history
  • The Renaissance
  • Soviet culture

Possible careers

  • Marketing research
  • Museum educator
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Paralegal*
  • Politician campaign worker
  • Project manager
  • Research analyst

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community and social services
  • Education
  • Eiteljorg Museum
  • Indiana Historical Society
  • Ivy Tech
  • Nonprofits
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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