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Understanding the past is the key to building our future. The History degree analyzes the forces that shape society, the marketplace and our lives through the study of power, people, ideas and institutions from our past.

Understanding the past is the key to building the future. The history program analyzes the forces that shape society, the marketplace and our lives through the study of power, people, ideas and institutions from our past. A comprehensive understanding of history makes our students invaluable assets in law, journalism and civil service fields.

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The BA degree program in history introduces students to a broad span of history that covers the ancient world through the modern period and extends from Europe to Latin America and the United States. In addition to learning about the origins and development of various peoples, ideas and institutions of the past, students engage in the practice of history by learning to conduct research, analyze historical evidence and formulate arguments using historiographical perspectives and methodological approaches.

At A Glance

History, BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

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Career Outlook

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Editors-1.4%$58,770
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Historians6%$59,120
History Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$72,690
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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