Why Major in History

Hint: it’s flexible, it’s fun!

Majoring in History is like cross-training for the future. A History degree gives you the broad skill set to take advantage of new fields and opportunities as they open up. Many college graduates will change careers several times over their lifetime. A well-rounded background will help you transition as fields change and new technologies bring new options.

History a good choice for those who want to keep their career options open or who are undecided. Most post-graduate schools in law, business, journalism, medicine and education accept History Majors. Studies have shown that students who major in a subject they enjoy will graduate with a higher GPA, enhancing their chances of impressing a potential employer or getting accepted by a post-graduate professional program.

History Major requirements at UConn are flexible enough to mesh with many Minors. History Majors at the Stamford Campus often finish with one or more Minors in English, Political Science, American Studies, Business, and/or Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies.

History is interesting! History courses explore all classes of society–artists, soldiers, healers,revolutionaries, aristocrats,religious visionaries, presidents, and peasants. Courses traverse the world: you’ll learn about cultures in the US, Latin  America and Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. You’ll study life in ancient civilizations and dramatic events of the twentieth century.

Can I Minor in History at UConn – Stamford? Yes! A Minor in History requires only fifteen credits (five 3-credit courses). See an advisor for details.

Can History Courses count for BGS? Yes! Many History Courses meet BGS themes. See a BGS counselor for details.

For information on the History Major & Minor contact:
Prof. Joel Blatt (room 354) – joel.blatt@uconn.edu
Prof. Mary Cygan (room 372) – mary.cygan@uconn.edu
Prof. Ricardo Salazar-Rey (room 374) -ricardo.salazar-rey@uconn.edu

What can you do with a Major in History?

Hint: Not all History Majors become teachers

History Majors can be found working in business, law, the arts, government, journalism, libraries, museums, hospitality, entertainment, advertising and many other fields.

History Majors learn to organize and interpret information. They learn to analyze evidence such as eyewitness testimony, newspaper accounts, legal records, film, photographs, speeches, and letters. They learn to synthesize information from different points of view, to put information into context, to discover patterns, and to draw conclusions. They learn to explain how and why change happens. These skills can prepare you for employment or post-graduate study in many areas. A few are listed below:

Journalism and Media – editing and writing for newspapers, magazines, business publications, television and radio

Business – researching local and international markets; analyzing industry trends; working in public relations, human resources or any aspect of business that requires clear communication skills

Travel and Hospitality industry — promoting state and local tourism; managing a travel agency;leading or planning theme tours

Government and Advocacy – working on legislative staff for state and federal government; consulting and lobbying; working with government agencies for economic development or international relations;

Education in the classroom – teaching grade school, high school, community college and university

Education outside the classroom – curating and interpreting museum collections; designing exhibits; serving as museum docents (guides); researching and writing for documentary films; staffing local historical societies

Information Management – working for public and private libraries; managing record collections for businesses, law firms or hospitals

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