The study of history, an analysis of past human activities, prepares students to understand the present and to influence the future. Citizens are bombarded daily with images, information, opinion, and interpretation about the origins and nature of contemporary problems. An intelligent response requires both knowledge and analytical ability provided by historical studies. Our history program trains students to understand the forces which have shaped our world, to address current problems in a tested way, and to communicate effectively in speech and writing.
The history curriculum balances breadth and depth to serve students who are preparing for a variety of careers in law, business, government, or education. The major program builds upon the broad exposure provided by the Core Curriculum with its overview of American, Western, worldwide, and contemporary problems. Then, we offer a variety of courses around the three divisions of America, Europe, and the unique features and experience of non-Western societies around the world. We also encourage study abroad, experiential learning (such as internships), and independent study and research. Seminars involve students in serious scholarship. Whatever the subject matter, all courses aim at developing analytical skills, techniques of research, and effective communication.
Beyond the classroom, our majors have many opportunities. Each semester, students pursue a variety of internships in local historical societies, museums, libraries, government offices, law firms, and businesses. To encourage excellence in history, the department sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Outstanding students, inducted into this society each year by the chapter’s membership, have presented scholarly papers at regional meetings. Our extracurricular History Society is open to all students interested in the past, bringing them together in social and academic activities.
Like all liberal arts concentrations, the major in history supports a variety of career paths. Recent King’s history graduates can be found in a wide range of vocations in business, government, and teaching. From the earliest days of King’s College, we have had great success in sending graduates to top law schools as well as other graduate study in this country and abroad. Majoring in history prepares students for life.
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Compatible Majors and Minors
Historical understanding complements and improves your performance both in the workplace and the public life of a citizen. Its interdisciplinary nature also helps inform and deepen knowledge in many other academic subjects. We encourage students to sample courses, build a minor, or even graduate with a full major in other fields. Thus you can both round out your education and prepare yourself for any number of future careers, including:
- Business Administration
- Computers and Information Systems
- Criminal Justice
- Foreign Languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Mass Communications
- Political Science