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Department of History & Political Science

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History Major

UIndy's history major provides a broad understanding of the human experience over time, giving you the foundation for critical thought about the present and future. With a focus on research skills, you'll develop your own well-formulated opinions on current issues and events. And with courses ranging from The Civil War & Reconstruction to The Third Reich to Modern Africa, you'll have the freedom to explore various topics within the overarching realm of history. 

Program strengths

  • Courses cover a wide range of topics and time periods
  • Opportunities to study specific events in history
  • Chances to study abroad or through the Lugar Academy Washington Semester program
  • Critical thinking and research skills that can help you achieve future success
  • Taught by passionate professors who have been published and are regarded as experts in their areas of study

Potential careers for history majors

Studying history goes beyond learning about past events. Skills like researching, critical thinking, writing and learning how the past influences today and tomorrow are essential parts of our courses at UIndy. Ultimately, these skills prepare you for a number of careers, such as:

  • Teaching: History education majors are prepared to teach in middle and high schools, as well as teach abroad.
  • Research institutions: Because many of your courses will be research-driven, you will graduate well-prepared for any position requiring extensive research. 
  • Government work: Some government sectors and positions rely heavily on a historical context, the ability to research, and knowledge of the current political realm on a larger scale. A history degree will help you prepare for this type of work.
  • Graduate school/law school: A degree in history can set you up for a variety of graduate programs, including law school. 
  • Nonprofit work: Take your knowledge of the world and the social issues society is facing to make an impact through various nonprofit organizations.

History might be for you if:

  • You enjoy learning about historically important events
  • You want to become a lawyer, or are interested in teaching
  • You are interested in learning about specific time periods
  • You enjoy discussing social issues society has faced and is facing
  • You want to explore how history is having an impact on today’s world

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a history major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The history guide lists all of the classes you will need to take in order to fulfill the major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.