History Major

Why History?

The study of the past prepares students to be informed citizens in the world today. Miami’s history curriculum includes courses on North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our classes range from broad surveys to tightly-focused seminars that require students to “do history.” The history major prepares students to read intelligently, think critically, and write well.

Doing history at this level asks students to move beyond a mere memorization of facts, places, and events. Making the past History requires students to provide meaningful interpretations of the traces the past has left. To do this, Miami’s history classes require students to study primary sources, read secondary sources, and engage in historical debates. We also encourage history majors to study abroad and to integrate their experience with the skills they have learned in their undergraduate classes. History as a discipline is naturally interdisciplinary and we encourage our students to become involved with other programs and departments such as American Studies, Black World Studies, and Journalism.

What Can I Do with a History Degree?

The study of history prepares you for a wide variety of careers. Our top students have been accepted to some of the best History M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the world. They have also gained entry into the best law schools. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in education, museums, government, foreign service, and business.

What Courses Would I Take?

In addition to Introduction to Historical Inquiry, you take required courses in American history, Western or European civilization, and world history, and a senior capstone. You also select electives representing a variety of subjects and approaches to history. Department offerings range from "The Mongol and Their World" to "Recent American History."

To request a History Major or Minor, please email History@MiamiOH.edu.