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History

Tuskeegee Airman, Dr. Dempsey Morgan, visits VI. Photo credit: Brian Coryell

Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As a history major at VI, you will develop understanding of our rich national traditions, our Western heritage and other great historical civilizations. History will be your map for navigating society, its institutions, and its values as you prepare for your future.

The history program offers opportunities for experiential learning, as students participate in a senior project, researching and writing a thesis, or interning with a museum, historical society, library, or historical research program. Many history majors choose to participate in the Worrell Honors Study Abroad program.

Classroom learning is further enhanced with campus convocation events and speakers who set history in motion. Award-winning television journalists Soledad O’Brien, Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd, along with Tuskegee Airman Dr. Dempsey Morgan, and retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North are a few speakers who have shared their stories as history seekers and makers with the VI campus community.

Areas of Concentration and Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts with Teacher licensure

The four-year, 124-hour B.A. and 131-hour B.A. with teacher licensure offer an inclusive set of courses such as World History I and II, Civil War and Reconstruction, The Far East, and The Twentieth Century. Non-licensure track candidates may explore outside interests through a minor and/or electives. A history minor is also available.

What can you do with a degree in History?

History graduates obtain a firm base of knowledge to succeed in numerous fields of interest including law, public policy, journalism and teaching. Critical reading and analytical skills prepare history majors for a range of career paths which may include the following:

  • Graduate school or professional studies
  • Government service agencies
  • Political think-tanks
  • Non-profit work
  • Human rights work
  • Multimedia communications
  • Education

Download the PDF below for an overview of the history major, course requirements and course descriptions:

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For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).