Expand your knowledge of the past while creating opportunities for your future.
As a history major, you'll be able to pursue studies in United States, European, Russian, Latin American, African, and Asian history. You'll gain an understanding of the major themes of history and explore the methods of historical study. You can concentrate on topics of your own choosing, and select courses that reflect our faculty's interest in areas as diverse as maritime history, the Middle East, military history, race relations, and terrorism.
The analytical and communications skills you'll develop as a history major can prepare you for a career in civil service, education, foreign service and intelligence, journalism, law, museum work, politics and advocacy, public policy, or public relations. A degree in history can also lead to graduate work in a variety of fields and serve as a sound foundation for law school.
Olivia Ekeh, president of the Black Student Union, headed to UMass Amherst to pursue a PhD in African American Studies.
Our curriculum will help you understand why the world is the way it is, and how you might decide to take action in the world. You will learn how to:
Follow your interests and expand your career options by minoring in history. You'll develop the analytical and communications skills today's employers are seeking for a variety of positions.
Broaden your career opportunities with graduate studies