Our history program provides the opportunity to learn about lives, times and places distant from your own.

History examines human experiences, confronting facets of human life in the past and present. Gaining a better understanding of the world and thinking about it critically are the ultimate goals of of the program.

As a history major, you have the unique opportunity to develop areas of expertise generally unavailable at liberal arts colleges. With history courses focused on science; medicine; technology; society; war studies; and the ancient, medieval and renaissance world, you gain a broad knowledge base tailored to your interests. This knowledge will be unique to your education and expand boundaries after graduation.

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Career Opportunities

History majors shine in careers in which critical thinking, historical perspective and strong writing skills are essential for success. A few of those careers include the following:

  • education
  • law
  • business
  • not-for-profits and start-ups
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In the history program, a total of 31 out of the 120 credit hours are devoted to history classes. This leaves flexibility for you to narrow your area of interest with minors, concentrations or double majors.

Take courses such as:

  • War and Society
  • Themes and Concepts in Chinese History
  • Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in Modern America
  • History of Women and Gender in America
  • Ancient Medicine and Magic
  • War in the middle Ages
  • The Construction of Nazi Germany
  • Voices of the Past

History Major Curriculum


Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors to complement your history degree.

Clarkson Minors

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

As a history student, you will work with history faculty on research projects. You will also have the opportunity to work with fellow students and professors on cross-campus, interdisciplinary research in the areas of environment, health, gender and sexuality, and business.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

Internships and co-ops as a history major can be done at a multitude of locations. Some of these opportunities include those with museums, archives, local history projects and newspapers.

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