Explore the events of the past, so you can understand the present and become an engaged
citizen of the world.
In an increasingly global world, the study of history is more relevant than ever.
As a History major at UND, you’ll examine the past from diverse perspectives and prepare
to contribute to the global conversation.
Est. time to complete:
120 (major), 21 (minor)
Why earn a history degree?
Studying history provides crucial insights into questions such as who we are and where
we came from. With a B.A. in History from UND, you'll be prepared to explore big questions
and explain the past in ways that are meaningful to the present. You will develop
the critical thinking, research, and communication skills that employers in diverse
fields are looking for.
The history majors explore:
Diverse communities, nations and empires
Witchcraft and fanciful creatures
Rights, sovereignty, equity and activism
Science, technology and the military
Gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality
History students work closely with faculty members to complete independent research projects on topics
of your choosing. Beyond traditional lectures, you'll learn through:
Analyzing both texts and 3-D objects
Discussion and debate
Peer teaching and teamwork
Critiquing video games
Hands-on digital history projects
UND also offers a minor in history. Whichever program you choose, you'll graduate with high-demand skills like the ability
to communicate clearly and persuasively.
History Degree at UND
Interact with renowned historians through UND'shistory-related speaker series.
An undergraduate degree in history opens the door to a world of opportunities in the
field of history and beyond. Many graduates pursue careers as professional historians,
documenting and interpreting the past in venues such as:
Libraries and archives
Federal, state and local government
Others go on to graduate study in history, law, the ministry and other disciplines,
or launch careers in related fields, including:
History alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
United States Department of the Army
Franchise Concepts Unlimited
Grand Forks Public Schools
Noel Levitz, Inc.
History Degree Courses
HIST 305. Revolution, Protest, and Freedom. 3 Credits.
This course explores how ordinary people have used protest and revolution to promote ideas about freedom in the 20th century. It focuses on non-elites inside and outside of Europe's borders by examining the actions of women, colonial peoples, and the working classes. While it focuses on Europe the course incorporates a global view of how to understand protest and revolutionary social change. F, odd years.
HIST 140. Historical Detectives. 3 Credits.
This course serves as a laboratory in which students can work through historical problems related to a variable course topic chosen to highlight the connections between past and present. Some combination of traditional research, case studies, discussions, games or re-enactment will challenge students to engage their topic in depth, while providing the skills in reading, thinking, and communicating upon which all forms of historical analysis depend. Repeatable to 6.00 credits. F,S.
HIST 310. Monuments, Museums and Memory. 3 Credits.
How should we remember our history? How do museums and public monuments influence our understanding of the past? Explore these questions through case studies and extended role-playing games. On demand.
HIST 301. The Medieval World. 3 Credits.
A survey of the people, cultures, and history of the European middle ages, from the late Roman Empire to the Renaissance. The course will focus on the lives and thoughts of medieval women and men from all social classes and on the foundations of European culture, society, politics, and worldview. Specific topics will include the Crusades, the Black Death, crime and punishment, daily life, war and violence, and religious life. On demand.
HIST 351. Kings, Witches, Science and War: Europe and the Search for a New Order. 3 Credits.
Kings, Witches, Science and War: Europe and the Search for a New Order. Through a survey of Europe in the eighteenth century, the course explores the fascinating contradictions of the age. The era saw the emergence of modern science and the greatest witch trials; its people endured Europe's most savage religious wars but took the first steps towards religious toleration; it was an age still grounded in ancient tradition, but which also saw the birth of modern political, social, military and economic systems. On demand.
HIST 181. Athletes as Activists. 3 Credits.
In spotlighting how amateur and professional athletes use their platforms to champion non-sports causes, this course offers insights about the nature of all social movements-it illuminates activists' strategic goals, tactical options, and their opponents' counter-tactics. Along the way, students consider the ways in which race, gender, religion, the law, and other factors influence athlete advocacy and responses to it. SS.
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