Bachelor of Arts
Behavioral & Social Sciences
History provides the means to discover how the past shapes and affects the present and how seemingly unrelated events and forces connect to frame human endeavors. It is not, however, about memorizing dates, names and events. All around us the past is evident, and we interact and struggle with it constantly through memory and stories, commemorations, traditions, restorations and relics. The past tells us who we are, what we value and where we may be going. The study of history brings meaning out of time and helps us to realize the complexity of human affairs from many perspectives.
The History program has three tracks: The Standard Major, the Secondary Licensure Emphasis and the Public History Emphasis. The Standard major provides students with a concentration in History, giving them course options from U.S., European and world regions such as Latin American and African history. A Standard History major is supported by a minor in another field or can be paired with a second major. The Secondary Licensure emphasis prepares students for the State of Colorado License in Social Science Education. The Public History emphasis is a foundational interdisciplinary program which prepares students for professions in museums, archives and related professional fields.
A History degree can prepare you for a multitude of career fields, and Historians serve many roles in society. Here are just a few of the roles and employment fields for History majors:
- Historians as Educators: Teaching (elementary, high school and university) and National Park Service Interpreters.
- Historians as Researchers: Museums, Cultural Resource Management and Think Tanks.
- Historians as Advocates: Lawyers, Legislative Staffers and Nonprofits
- Historians as Communicators: Journalists, Documentary and Multimedia Creators, and Editors.
- Historians as Information Managers: Archivists, Gallery and Exhibit Managers and Librarians.
- Historians in Business: Contract Historians, Nonprofits and Project Management.
An undergraduate History major is an excellent foundational degree for Law School and Graduate Programs in History, Cultural Resource Management, Museum Studies and even an MBA.