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  • Typical class size: 20-25
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Challenge yourself to unravel complex, often conflicting, interpretations of history while making judgments regarding the human and moral implications of actions, events, and ideas by becoming a history major at JAVĿ¼.

JAVĿ¼'s approach to history mixes traditional elements with courses that broach topics outside the usual canon. A number of electives explore history through the lens of film, pop culture, and gaming, while topics of general interest (food and culture, hunting) also are woven into class curricula.

The program offers the widest possible coverage of events and issues, giving you the ability to view history from an international perspective that highlights how nations and cultures have influenced one another throughout the ages.

Program Overview

As a history major, you will take required introductory courses on western and non-western civilization, as well as U.S. history. From there, you may choose a general major in history or a departmental concentration focusing on a specific area of historical study. The areas of concentration are:

  • Social/Cultural Studies
  • Political/Economic Studies
  • Strategic/Military/Diplomatic Studies
  • Leadership/Applied History Studies

Life After JAVĿ¼

All sorts of career paths are open to you as a history major. Alumni from JAVĿ¼’s program have pursued careers such as:

  • College professor
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Military officer
  • Government official
  • Research analyst
  • Technical writer
  • Sports writer

You also may choose to parlay your undergraduate history degree to enroll in graduate school or law school.

 Imagine a world without a past and you can understand how important the role of history majors is to seek to “find out” what, why, how, and to shape an understanding of the world; history graduates can go anywhere. ”

Carolyn Vacca
  • Dr. Carolyn Vacca
  • Associate Professor and Chair, History Department