To study history is to investigate the rich complexity of the past and what it means to be human. In the process, history students hone fundamental skills – in critical analysis, research, argument, and writing – that are essential to future success. The history department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and social studies education and a minor in history.
In the various pages of this website, you can discover:
- course descriptions for the range of classes we offer, all taught by professors (no TAs),
- our degree requirements,
- options open to students beyond those requirements (extras for students), and
- our department newsletter, giving a broad look at what our department does.
You can also meet our faculty through their own websites, peruse our student scholarships and funding possibilities and award winners, and see some of what has made headlines in the department of late.
Studying history fostered my writing and critical thinking skills. These skills have been integral to my work in policy and are two of the most important skills that I look for when hiring new analysts and managers.
-- Brian Ohl, Class of 2003
Our strength is our teaching, building of the past a context for the present and developing the skills students will require in all future endeavors. The accomplishments of our former students prove that knowledge and insight gained from the study of history and teacher education can serve a variety of life goals. Graduates of IC’s history department have become teachers, lawyers, business owners/CEOs, museum curators, professors, and more.
The American Historical Association has excellent resources about careers with a degree in History.