Degree: Bachelor of Arts
As a history major at Union, you will gain an appreciation of the past and an understanding of the social, cultural and institutional developments that have shaped our world.
Guided by talented professors in small classes, you will be introduced to historical methodology and the fundamentals of historical research and writing so you may imagine other cultures and eras, reflect on and comprehend human struggles, and become adept at assessing evidence and weighing conflicting interpretations of history. You will be encouraged to ask questions about today's issues with knowledge about the past. Above all, you will learn to read widely and think critically, write persuasively, and analyze and solve problems – solid foundations for becoming a thoughtful, engaged, well-rounded citizen.
History is an important element of Union’s core curriculum. The department offers a varied and rich selection of courses as part of the major or as electives. As a major, you will concentrate your studies in one of five fields of history: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, Latin America and Caribbean, and the United States. Courses in special topics focus on global history; history of science, technology and medicine; public history; religion; and women’s and gender history. In addition to traditional history offerings, you can take courses on the environment, Indigenous peoples, film and race. Professors, not teaching assistants, teach all courses.
Research is a staple of the Union academic experience. Your two-term history senior project involves independent research under the individual direction of a faculty member, typically resulting in a written thesis but occasionally in film or other forms of presentation. Students draw on the resources of Schaffer Library, which houses collections dating back over two centuries. Many students present at our annual Steinmetz Symposium research showcase. Recent presentation topics have included conflict in Syria, the Black experience in early- to mid-20th century Europe and the AIDS crisis’ effect on Hollywood.
A history degree prepares students for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have pursued careers in law, healthcare, real estate, government, education and business. Many go on to earn graduate degrees in history and other fields.
What some of our graduates are doing:
- Assistant Editor of Photography, Forbes
- Attorney, California Supreme Court
- Client services associate, Christie's, New York
- Co-founder and owner, DoubleJay Creative
- Connecticut state archaeologist
- Director of Sales,Indeed.com
- History professor, Russell Sage College
- History teacher, Waltham Public Schools
- Physician, Albany Family Medicine
- Reporter, Long Beach Herald
- Sports video journalist, Spectrum News