What do History majors do?  Everything.

Meet the Department

Know the past. Change the world.

Shaping the future requires understanding the past. Historians discern patterns, analyze evidence, collect and identify artifacts, and tell people’s stories, giving voice to the voiceless. By coming to know the stories of others, they learn to tell one that is distinctly their own. What do history majors do? Everything. The study of history is excellent preparation for careers in many fields, including law, journalism, business and finance, education, politics and public policy, social activism, and the arts.


Gain research skills


Improve foreign language skills


Travel on off-campus programs


Read about Claire Bents ’16 uncovering a New York City ring devoted to making money from the pirate trade — a discovery that Professor of History Steven Hahn calls a “game changer” for his research.

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