History is crucial to understanding the past and the present. It provides answers to questions about who we are, where we came from and how and why we got to where we are today. It's about understanding how previous societies functioned - how politics, economics, science, philosophy, religion, art and literature intersected to create diverse cultures around the world. In short, as a History major you'll learn how to ask questions, research answers and explain the past in ways that are meaningful to the present.
Today employers in all fields are looking for people who can research, analyze information and speak and write persuasively as historians are trained to do. The Department of History offers courses that span the globe and examine history from regional, national and global perspectives. You'll get courses ranging from the history of ancient Greece to that of North Dakota, from the history of the Civil War to that of nuclear weapons, and from European witch trials to the Holocaust to the American family. Our faculty will enhance your learning with a variety of engaging teaching styles, including discussion-based seminars, lecture and interactive game play. You'll be encouraged to pursue independent research with guidance from faculty and will complete at least one article-length independent research project on a topic of your choice. Internships in public history are also available.
As a History major, you'll have two options:
- Option A: Designed for students planning to enter professional schools such as law or pursuing advanced work in History at the graduate level. Requires Level IV proficiency (4 semesters) in a foreign language.
- Option B: Designed for students planning on a career in public history, government service, business or teaching at the high school level. Requires a minor, another major or teaching certificate.
In addition to classroom-based instruction, you’ll also have the chance to work with different organizations and clubs, both on and off campus to supplement your education with hands-on work in the field.
UND History majors have interned with the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Museum, the Boston Bruins and the U.S. House of Representatives. They have also participated in archaeological digs in Cyprus and engaged in numerous public history projects with local and regional historical organizations.
Clubs and Organizations
The UND chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society supports students who want to present their independent research at regional and national conferences, performs community service and hosts history-themed social events, like movie nights.
Speakers and Workshops
The UND History Workshop offers informal and engaging lunchtime sessions that will expose you to cutting-edge historical research and provide practical training. Recent workshops have offered guidance on how to apply for graduate or law school, how to present your research at conferences and how to design your own History courses. In addition to providing learning opportunities, the UND History Workshops are fun social events for both faculty and students.
As a professional historian you'll document, preserve and interpret the past in a wide variety of venues:
- Historic Sites
- Libraries and Archives
- Federal, State and Local Government
- Cultural Resource Management
- Publishing / Editing
- Historic Preservation
- Object Conservation
- Media Consulting
- Teaching in Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Teaching in Higher Education
An undergraduate degree in History is also an asset if you seek a career in:
- Federal, State and Local Government Service
- Non-Profit Management
- Foreign Service
- Military Services
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