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.
Meet Your Major
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.
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:
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, Office of former Congressman Marty Meehan
Student provided research for press releases and housing 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Student archived historical document collection.
Professor Tess Bundy will work with you to help find an internship and evaluate your work.
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:
- Government policy advisor
- Museum curator
You will take a combination of core and elective courses to satisfy the requirements of 38 credits and 10 courses minimum. To graduate, you must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 in your history courses. In addition, you must successfully complete two courses in the same modern foreign language at the intermediate level.
Introduction to Historical Methodology
(taken spring of junior year)
|HIS 4991(W)||Senior Thesis (taken fall of senior year)|
Premodern Survey (select one)
The European Experience:
Antiquity to the Reformation
|HIS 1130||World History to 150|
Modern Survey (select one)
The European Experience:
Early Modern to the Present
The History of the World
European History (select at least one)
|HIS 3350||Ancient History|
Barbarians and Holy Men:
The History of Late Antiquity
|HIS 3360||Medieval Civilization|
Era of the French Revolution
|HIS 3378||History of Modern Britain|
|HIS 3380||Science, Technology, and Society|
|HIS 3390||Modern European Social History|
|HIS 3391||Women in Modern European History|
|HIS 3401||Nineteenth-Century Europe|
|HIS 3410||Twentieth-Century Europe|
Hitler, Mussolini, and the Fascist
Challenge in Europe, 1900-1950
|HIS 3470||History of Imperial Russia|
From Lenin to Putin:
Russia in the Twentieth Century
United States History
United States History (select at least one)
|One of the following:||
|HIS 3320||The American City|
|HIS 3325||History Outside the Classroom: The Practice of Public History|
A History of American Architecture
|HIS 3425||Contemporary United States History|
African-American History from
Slave Trade to the Present
|HIS 3434||Revolutionary America, 1760-1800|
|HIS 3435||The Peoples of Early America|
|HIS 3437||Civil War and Reconstruction|
History of the Early American Republic,
|HIS 3525||Environmental History of North America|
World History (select at least one)
|HIS 3330||World History since 1945|
Slaves and Spice:
A History of the Indian Ocean
|HIS 3335||World Environmental History, 1300-Present|
The History of Muslim Communities,
|HIS 3366||History of the Modern Middle East|
Slavery and Race in Early Modern
Atlantic World, 1400-1800
Survey of Latin American History:
From Pre-Contact to the Present
Note: Up to eight credits of History internship (HIS 4986 and HIS 4987) can count towards the major requirements. History majors who are also Education majors may count both HIS 1106 and 1107 towards fulfillment of their major requirements.
Choose three additional history electives (2000 or higher) from the list above.
This rigorous requirement includes two courses:
- HIS 3991 - Introduction to Historical Methodology
- You will take this in spring of your junior year.
- You will learn composition, bibliography, historiography and research methods.
- HIS 4991W - Senior Thesis
- You will take this in fall of your senior year.
- In addition to doing advanced historical research and preparing a seminar paper, you will critique other students’ work.
- You will learn to formulate a clear argument and follow the conventions of historical citation.
- You will analyze sources and combine large amounts of information.
We encourage you to study abroad. Please visit the Office of Global Education or contact the history department for more information.