Earn a History Degree
FROM ancient TIMES TO CURRENT EVENTS, LEARN HOW OUR WORLD CAME TO BE
Students choose to study history at Newman because they share a common love for a past and shaping the present. The world today is fast paced, interconnected, economically diverse and challenging. History is the study of our world and how it came to be. What roles have the people and events of the past played in forming who we are? What role will you play in shaping our future?
Newman's small private university setting and award-winning history professors allows students to shape their education and interests through a practical history degree infused with critical thinking and personal faculty/student mentoring. The history program also provides opportunities to study abroad, including a three-week tour of historic and cultural sites in Europe and a seven-week service program in Guatemala.
About Our History Program
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HISTORY
This degree focuses on preparing you for historical research programs and leadership roles.
- Report for a newspaper or news station as a journalist
- Work in federal agencies or historical societies
- Publish a book or research study
While earning your Bachelor of Arts in History, students can expect to take classes including World Civilization and American History, Greek and Roman History, History and Culture of the Middle East, and the Holocaust. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Bachelor of Science in History
This degree focuses on preparing students to critically examine all stages of history and to think about how history can be practically applied to better support the decisions they make. Some students have used their history degree to work in the following roles:
- Work in primary, secondary, or higher education
- Pursue a career in politics or journalism
- Function as a librarian, researcher, anthropologist
While earning a Bachelor of Science in History, students can expect to take courses including World Civilization, American History, The Historical Method: A Study of History as a Discipline. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Minor in History
Interested in supporting your major with a Minor in History? The required curriculum can be found here.
About Our Faculty
Faculty of the History department possess the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in history. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
Award-winning history professors Kelly McFall, Ph.D. and Cheryl Golden, Ph.D take personal interest in preparing students to reach their full potential.
Professor Golden has published historical books and publications including The Role of Poisons in Rome.
Professor McFall actively podcasts with authors of books written about the history of Holocausts titled New Books in Genocide Studies. He has also authored educational historical games, one of which can be viewed here: Reacting to the Past
While pursuing a degree in history, our students can expect a promising future. A degree in history is limitless in the area of job growth and career options. The technical skills and knowledge acquired from a study in history are typically on the list of needs by employers. The unemployment rate for a graduate degree holder in Humanities and Liberal Arts (History) is a minuscule 3.9% (Georgetown, 2009-10)
A degree in history will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to history. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries based on working professionals with years of experience (Bureau of Labor Statistics, retrieved 2016):
- Anthropologist ($61,220 a year - with graduate level degree)
- Lawyer (salaries vary)
- High School History Teacher ($57,200 year)
- Librarian ($58,880 a year)
- Historian ($58,800 a year)
We offer unique opportunities for original research through our internships with local partnerships, including the Museum World Treasures as well as through our university’s archives and Koch Industries. Our internships offer hands-on opportunities to work with artifacts from the past and develop projects for public history education.
Opportunity for Further Education
Many of our history students choose to pursue further education after Newman. In the past decade, our students have gone on to study at Georgetown, Notre Dame, George Washington University, the University of Chicago and beyond.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Get involved with Ramblings and Relics, the Newman History Student Journal or join Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society for History. The NU History Speaker Series is an organization that allows students to network with guest speakers. We have brought experts in from Kansas Universities, as well as professors from the Army War College and the Holocaust Museum to speak with students on subjects ranging from political violence to Greek sports.
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Successful Program Outcomes
Success Story — Felipe Trigos, Class of 2009
Alumnus Felipe Trigos returned to Newman University last fall as a guest speaker in the History Program’s Distinguished Alumni Series. A history major who went on to earn his master's degree in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, Felipe now works for Vision Americas, LLC in Washington D.C. as a research analyst. He has published policy papers for the American Enterprise Institute and has also served as a political commentator for Grupo Radio Formula’s “Formula Confidencial.”
Start Your History Degree Today
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