Between 1861 and 1865, Americans fought fellow Americans in the Civil War, a conflict which claimed over 600,000 lives.  Eighty years later, a far greater conflict erupted. The Second World War claimed over 70,000,000 lives worldwide. These terrible wars resulted from the choices of people who, while living in another time, were much like you or me.

Have you ever wondered what motivates people to make the choices that they do?  History helps us to understand how we got where we are and consequently make informed decisions in the present. History majors will interpret both why and how major events in the world’s past occurred by uncovering the means through which economic, political, social, and cultural forces motivated people to act.

Career Paths

Students often ask, “So what can I do with a history major?”  Unlike professional degrees, such as nursing, pharmacy, or accounting, there is no single career track that all history majors take after graduating.  A history major’s career options are more flexible.

BSU history majors land careers in high school or collegiate education, law, government, business, religious ministry, library science, book editing, and museum work.  A history major pairs well with Social Studies Education, Business, Pre-Law, English, Philosophy, and other degree programs.

History majors obtain these high-demand skills from the BSU History Program:

  1. Writing and Oral Communication Skills:  We prepare students to make effective written and oral arguments based on solid analysis and evidence.
  2. Analytical Skills:  Our history classes ask students to pinpoint problems and their solutions.  History majors consider why events occurred and what their significance is.
  3. Research Skills:  Our history program helps majors grow comfortable using a variety of formats (online databases, books, journals, archival materials, etc.) to uncover source material.  By the time they graduate, they should be able to trace an issue’s root, find new information related to that issue, and incorporate that information into their own analyses.