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Understanding the past is the key to building out 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.
The School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies offers a BA in history in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.
The history degree program provides a strong foundation for understanding the forces of change that shape society, the marketplace and people's lives. The program 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 original research, analyze historical evidence and formulate arguments using historiographical perspectives and methodological approaches.
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
The History program at ASU New College helps you understand the exercise of power in human history. Find out how the program, and the faculty that lead it, investigates the history and future of power in society here.
History Alumna, 2015
Publicist at Bread & Butter Public Relations
New York, NY
How has your history degree helped you after graduation?
My degree taught me how to think critically and I think that is one of the most important skills one can have. I believe analyzing the current world with a lens and knowledge of the past is the only way to induce progress.
How is what you learned in your history classes relevant to your job?
Culture matters; in the history field and in food and beverage. Some may think it would be hard to tie history to food, beverage, and hospitality, but it’s not at all. My degree has made it much easier for me to relate with chefs and restaurants who are making waves in the industry, especially as we begin to focus on more than traditional American and French cooking. I get to tell the unknown stories of ingredients and those using them. The knowledge of the past is also incredibly important for trend forecasting.
What advice would you give to students interested in studying history?
Soak it up and use the lessons you learn in the classroom in your everyday life. It will change the way you think about the world and open you up to plethora of new experiences.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with college students?
Focus on learning what you like, while paying attention to the invaluable skills that any education offers. Writing well and critical thinking will never go out of style.
Graduates of this program are prepared for graduate study, for professional degree programs, and for careers in which critical thinking, research and writing skills are highly valued, careers such as journalism, editing, law and civil service.
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:
|Communications Teachers, Postsecondary||9.7%||$62,550|
|Education Teachers, Postsecondary||9.1%||$59,720|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.8%||$56,310|
|History Teachers, Postsecondary||10%||$66,840|
|Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.9%||$54,940|
|Museum Technicians and Conservators||5.2%||$39,940|
|Broadcast News Analysts||-12.6%||$61,450|
|Reporters and Correspondents||-8.5%||$36,000|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Loss Prevention Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).