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A history major holds a black-and-white photo of JFK speaking at a podium in front of a modern-day building.

History majors learn to think broadly as they develop skills in critical analysis, research, and oral, written and digital communication. Students may specialize in one area of history or may study a broad range of times, places and approaches to events in the past.


Knowledge and experience gained in history course work enables graduates to excel in a wide variety of fields, such as education, law, government, international development, business, journalism, medicine and social work.

Alumni work at: 

  • Michigan House of Representatives
  • Michigan Information and Research Service
  • Orange County Regional History Center
  • U.S. AmeriCorps VISTA
  • U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Quicken Loans

Alumni work as: 

  • Campaign managers
  • Legislative assistants
  • Mortgage bankers
  • Museum services associates
  • Research analysts

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