History Major

Looking to the past gives you a fresh perspective on understanding the present and preparing for the future. The world is in need of historians; see what you'll uncover when you become a History major.

What You'll Study

In this program you'll critically read and analyze primary and secondary sources while studying the different elements of historiography. You'll learn how historical interpretation changes over time and comprehend the importance and impact of cultural diversity on the past and its relevance in the present. Taking a combination of American, European and transnational courses, as well as lower- and upper-level History studies, you'll better understand the discipline and become skilled at examining our world's past.

Whether your goals include graduate study; law school; working for museums, libraries, historical societies and state and federal government agencies; or entering the business world, majoring in History is the perfect start.

Master of Arts in History available for this major. 


  • History Major
    All History majors take courses that prepare them for life in a 21st-century global society and sharpen their critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as their oral and written communication skills.

    Course Listing

Internships and Jobs


  •  Ohio History Connection
  •  McKinley Birthplace Memorial
  •  Mahoning Valley Historical Society
  •  Seventh District Court of Appeals
  •  Hands On Network
  •  Home Savings and Loan Foundation
  •  Youngstown State University


  • Sutliff Museum
  • McKinley Birthplace Memorial
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Ohio State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia State Historic Preservation offices
  • North Canton Heritage Society
  • Woodrow Wilson House

One More Thing

From internships to study abroad programs, the Department of History seeks out innovative and imaginative ways for our students to learn. To the age-old question, 'What can I do with a degree in history?' we answer—anything you can imagine. Our graduates enter careers in finance, industry, human resources and sales, as well as the more expected positions in teaching, museums, archives and preservation."

Dr. Brian Bonhomme, Department of History Chair