Why earn a bachelor's degree in history?

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Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
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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, conduct research and explain the past in ways that are meaningful to the present.

The history major draws from courses in North American, European and World history, and prepares graduates for careers in professional fields including:

  • History
  • Public or digital history
  • Law
  • Government service
  • Business
  • Teaching

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 Major at UND

  • Interact with renowned historians through UND's history-related speaker series.

  • Gain real-world experience through internships with the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Museum, the U.S. House of Representatives and more.

  • Join Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

  • Work closely with faculty members to complete independent research projects on topics of your choosing.

  • Ranked by Bachelors Degree Center as a best on-campus history degree among Stanford, Yale and Berkley.

History Careers 


Median annual salary for historians

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Historians


Anticipated job growth for archivists, curators, and museum workers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Curators, Museum Technicians and Conservators

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:

  • Historic sites
  • Museums
  • 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:

  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Nonprofit management
  • Foreign service
  • Military services

UND History Major Alumni

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 Courses You Could Take

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