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Department of History & Related Fields

History

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Department of History & Related Fields

History


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Learn to examine the settings and contexts of some of the most influential events in history.

History may be the right degree for you if you:

  • are interested in time periods, people, and cultures
  • love history
  • have an interest in law, government, public administration, ministry, business, or education

Why study history at Northwestern?

Due to small class sizes, you can engage with your professors on a deeper level. You'll have the chance to integrate your faith into every part of your learning. 

Being located in the Twin Cities provides many history-related opportunities. Including museums, historical archives, and the department sponsors field trips to cultural sites. 

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of seniors say their major integrates biblical perspectives

Faculty

at Northwestern serve in leadership positions in national and international organizations

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of seniors of seniors would advise a friend to attend UNW

Careers in the history field

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in history.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Public Policy or community affairs
  • City management
  • Program administration
  • Research
  • Intelligence or Foreign Service
  • Campaign management
  • Staff administration
  • Special interest advocacy
  • Lobbying
  • Administration and management
  • Fund raising or fund development
  • Grant writing or research
  • Archivist or museum work
  • Interpreter/tour guide/naturalist

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Federal, state, local governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Political campaigns and candidates
  • Public and private schools
  • Research and service institutions
  • Major corporations
  • Law firms
  • Colleges, universities, libraries
  • Public advocacy groups
  • National & state parks
  • International business firms
  • Historic, cultural, genealogical groups

Strategies for success:

  • A major in history provides a broad, liberal arts education. Develop a career goal, and then obtain the skills, experiences, and education necessary to enter that field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to history, politics, or government.
  • Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers. Develop patience, persistence, and drive to obtain history related jobs.
  • Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner.
  • Learn to articulate the transferrable skills that history majors often possess in writing, speaking, research, and problem solving. These skills are applicable to many careers, even if they are not “related” to history.
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