History B.A.

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Department of History, Political Science and International Studies
Program Type
Bachelor of Arts
History, Political Science & International Studies
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

About this Program

The history program provides students with analytical and communication skills that they can put into practice through rigorous coursework and an array of optional internships in public and private sector jobs. History students critically examine past decisions, look for patterns, and make decisions accordingly. These skills are sought after in business, law, public policy, government, education, non-profit organizations, museums, journalism, and the ministry.

The history program offers students four tracks: Global History, Public History, History and Social Science, and Specialist History.
> Global History introduces students to major world cultures and provides students with the skills to work critically with a diverse array
of source materials in different media.
> History and Social Science prepares students for civic-oriented careers such as law, public service, and international affairs.
> Public History prepares students to adapt and apply skills in history to private and public audiences on the local, state, and national
> Specialist History is for students who want to customize their degree plan and who intend to pursue graduate work in history.

Acquired Skills

History majors develop:

  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • skills in another language
  • analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills
  • an understanding of diverse cultures

The history major prepares students for careers in government and business, journalism, and teaching; the study of law; and graduate study in history, library and information science, and related fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

Career Possibilities

The Department of History, Political Science & International Studies at UMD is devoted to providing students with analytical skills that are vital for their future successes and for those of our society. It prepares students for careers that demand analytical and communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural breadth. These careers include law, business, consultancy, journalism, teaching, government, the ministry, and the museum and public humanities world. The department responds to the continued - and specifically stated - desire for history majors and history double-majors from large business employers in and out of state.

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data

Admissions and Scholarships

CAHSS is proud to be able to offer over 90 alumni and donor funded scholarships to our students each year.  In total over $190,000 is awarded out to CAHSS majors and some minors as well. Each department facilitates the process for their specific scholarships and students are also encouraged to apply for CAHSS-wide scholarships offered to students in any field.