The History Program has adopted the slogan, "exploring the past, crafting the future." 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? The History faculty create courses and learning experiences with these questions in mind.
Careers in History: More opportunities than you might think
We hear It too: history isn’t a practical degree.
Fortunately, statistics show that assumption to be dead wrong. The unemployment rate for people with experience who graduated with a history major is actually lower than the national average. And the unemployment rate for people with a graduate degree in history is a miniscule 3.9%.
Nor is it true that history majors get paid poorly. Statistics show that the average income for a graduate with experience is $54,000. And someone with a graduate degree in history averages $75,000 per year.
To be sure, you need to work hard to position yourself to succeed. That’s why, from the day you arrive on campus, we work with you to prepare for life after Newman. By the time you finish, you should have had an internship (perhaps at a museum, with a congressional representative, at a non-governmental organization, or with a lawyer), made connections with alumni, developed your leadership and people skills and prepared a portfolio of accomplishments to show to future employers.
So what can you do with a history degree?
A degree in history prepares you for a career in politics as a public interest advocate or a member of the staff for a legislator, governor, or mayor. Federal agencies provide opportunities for employment at the Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, National Park Service, National Archives and Records, etc. History majors with an interest in journalism may find employment with the news department of local, public, and commercial radio and TV stations, or with national, state, and regional radio networks.
But it also gives you a skill set that can be applied in almost any job. Our graduates have gone on to work in the following areas:
- Primary, Secondary and Higher Education
- Service Sector
- See the "Related Career Titles" link for more
Many students choose to pursue further study after Newman. In the past decade, our students have gone on to study at Georgetown, Notre Dame, George Washington University, the University of Chicago, Texas A &M and others. Others have gone on to law school at the University of Kansas and Washburn.
"One of the best things about the history department at Newman is how enthusastic the teachers are about the subject. They genuinely care about the topic and about their students."
Erin Weber ’03 History Major, Minor in Political Science
Our instructors employ a variety of teaching styles, including lecture, team-teaching, learning communities, Socratic inquiry, and "Reacting to the Past" gaming. Internships in local museums offer hands-on opportunities to work with artifacts from the past and develop projects for public history education.
The History Program strives to create a dynamic classroom of give and take where students contribute to each others' learning. Newman University uses BlackBoard support for research and communication, and offers opportunities for students and faculty to meet outside the traditional classroom setting to facilitate the development of ideas, research and writing.
History students have presented their research at regional conferences and in the NU student-edited publication, Ramblings and Relics.
Newman University offers unique opportunities for original research through our internships with local museums, as well as through the archives of Newman University and our founders, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC).
Should I get a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science?
The Bachelor of Arts in History is a traditional program for history majors. The Bachelor of Science in History has been designed to complement the course of study followed by those pursuing a second major in Secondary Education, thereby allowing students to double major in History and Education.