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The Bachelor of Arts in History program is designed to help students see themselves and their society from different times and places, while displaying an informed perspective and a mature view of human nature. The study of history leads to an appreciation for the complexity, continuity and contingency of change over time. It prepares students for a wide variety of professions, including law or politics. History majors usually do well on the Civil Service Exam, which leads to many types of government jobs. The program also teaches students how to read and think critically, write and speak clearly, and conduct research effectively.

Students may concentrate in either American or non-American history, but are required to have a strong base in both areas. Advanced students are encouraged to undertake an independent study project under the guidance of a faculty member, and to study abroad in a country of the student’s choosing. A minor in history is also available.

Topics of Study

  • American history
  • European history
  • Asian history
  • Military history
  • Special topics such as witchcraft, narcotic drugs and modern society, women’s history, Native American history, and Tampa history

Career Opportunities

The history student's critical thinking, research and writing skills are valued in many different careers. History majors often continue with graduate study in history or a related discipline, or with professional school in law, business, or museum studies. Other students pursue a teaching career, either at the secondary or college level. Still other students enter professional positions within banking, business, or government.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Department of Government, History and Sociology provides numerous opportunities for students to get hands-on, real-world learning experience History majors participate in internships at local museums and historical societies or in government and social service organizations. In addition to internships, students participate in faculty-led research projects, study-abroad trips, presentations at professional conferences, fieldwork, service learning and independent studies. Finally, select students are able to work individually on advanced research and writing projects with their professors, which has often led to student contributions being referenced in published works.

Bachelor of Arts in International and Cultural Studies

Students interested in history may also want to consider the B.A. in International and Cultural Studies. By taking courses across several disciplines, students learn to analyze international problems through a variety of lenses. including scientific, governmental, cultural, religious, linguistic and historical. The program gives students the skills, knowledge and attitudes to function effectively in this newly globalized world.

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