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.
UMassD offers teacher preparation for students who are interested in teaching history at the middle or high school level. You will take graduate-level courses during your final year of course work. These courses help prepare you to take and pass the MTELs and begin teaching after earning your bachelor's degree. After graduation, you can continue your work toward earning your master's degree in teaching by taking 5 more courses. Learn more about teacher preparation
As a broadly based liberal arts degree, the major emphasizes the development of critical thinking and communication skills as well as the acquisition of historical perspective.
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:
- identify chronological and geographical patterns and problems of the past
- create coherent and persuasive arguments in written and oral forms
- conduct research and interpret historical data
All history majors will be required to take 36 credits in history as indicated in the requirements below. Freshmen will normally not take courses above the 100 or 200 level. It is expected that each history major will consult regularly with his or her advisor in formulating a program of study that will help to fulfill his or her educational and career goals.
Select one group from the following:
- HST 101 - History of Western Civilization I
- HST 102 - History of Western Civilization II
- HST 103 - World History I 3
- HST 104 - World History II 3
- HST 201 - Critical Skills for the History Major
27 credit-hours of history courses, to be divided in the following manner:
- 6 credits U.S. History - (above the 100 level)
- 6 credits in European History - (above the 100 level)
- 6 credits in "other" history - (e.g., Latin America, Asia,Near East, Africa, Ancient)
- 3 credits in a history seminar
- 6 credits of history electives
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.
Any degree candidate who has at least 54 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and at least 2.5 grade point average in his or her major may request admission to the minor in history. This request must be approved by the Department Chairperson. A student who maintains a 2.0 average in his/her history courses (for the minor) will have the successful completion of a minor in history noted on his or her transcript.
- a total of 18 credits in history
- HST 201 Critical Skills for History Majors required
- no more than 6 credits at the 100 level
- at least 9 credits of 300-400 level courses
- three credits in a seminar in History: either HST 401,402 or 403
- Internships: gain valuable experience working at area museums and historical societies
- Community: join organizations such as our chapter of the International History Honor Society and the History Club
Broaden your career opportunities with graduate studies