Major in History

As a history major, you’ll discover that studying the people and places of the past will enrich your perspective on the complex and interconnected world of today.

It will enhance your ability to see repetitions, disruptions and innovations in human society and culture throughout the world and across time.

Combining your knowledge of history with advanced writing and reasoning skills will open the door to a wide range of career opportunities. As a bonus, your research-intensive senior thesis will make you an expert in your area of interest.

Through our program, you will:

  • Acquire a deep and broad knowledge of history.
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and oral and written communication.
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of different human cultures.
  • Understand continuity and change in past societies.
  • Identify history’s most pressing questions and come up with research strategies to answer them.
  • Develop a method for gathering, analyzing, ordering, combining and interpreting evidence.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in meaningful internships to help you get a job. It’s your chance to gain real-world experience. Some internship opportunities our history students have participated in include:

  • Lowell National Historic Park
  • Intern, USS Constitution Museum
    Student provided research for “Life at Sea” exhibit focusing on the lives of the crew during war of 1812, and the design, construction and purchasing of the ship’s armaments.
  • Intern, Lawrence City Attorney’s Office
    Student conducted research in Land Court issues.
  • Intern, New England Quilt Museum in Lowell
    Student gathered information from quilt owners, scanned slides of quilts and documented the background and interpretation of quilts in the museum’s collections.
  • Intern, Historic New England Organization
    Student assisted with magazine publishing.
  • Intern, Corinthian Yacht Club
    Student archived historical document collection.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the History program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in historical research, education, law or business. Positions may include:

  • Archivist
  • Government policy adviser
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Researcher
  • Teacher


Courses You’ll Take

History Major Curriculum

History Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

To see more details about the major, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.


Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.