The History minor is designed for students who enjoy studying the past and are interested in gaining skills in critical thinking, research, and communication. With only one required course, it's flexible — a great complement to majors as diverse as business, physics, and English.
What can I do with this degree?A History minor can enhance any major field. And as you look to the job market, you'll not only have useful skills, but a distinctive resume that sets you apart from other candidates (as this 2010 graduate said of his Physics major/History minor degree).
What skills will I develop?
- Critical thinking
- How to find patterns in data
- Evaluating sources and arguments
- Understanding causation and context
- Documentary filmmaking
- Digital preservation
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
- Learn about teaching, administration, and research as a departmental teaching assistant
- Working in our archives or digital library
- Partner with a professor on a summer research project, and conduct your own original research in local or digital archives
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Why does an innovative field like marketing continue to ignore religion as a key shaper of culture?
Being able to focus on the big picture, while still knowing how the small details relate to that big picture, is a huge advantage in business, and something that studies in history can train one to do.Brandon Raatikka '03
Current job: Vice President of Risk Assessment, FactRight, LLC
History majors are perhaps more prevalent in the corporate world than you think. The habits of research, writing and critical thinking built from a history degree are vital in any field. The ability to critically evaluate sources is particularly valuable.Tim Goddard '04
Current job: Vice President of Marketing, Corum Group Ltd