A history major, reads a stack of books in the library.

Bachelor of Arts in History

It is more than studying the past. History at the University of St. Thomas gives you the tools to look at the world from multiple perspectives. You broaden your horizons by studying how the past informs the present, learning to think critically and write skillfully while challenging your perspective of the world in the process.

Why Study History at St. Thomas?

Our program gives you the opportunity to acquire broad and deep knowledge of different parts of the world, including Europe, the United States, East Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. We also offer courses on topics like environmental history, slavery and more. Our professors are teachers and active researchers in all of those topics and many others as well. You will develop your critical thinking skills and learn how to create persuasive, evidence-based interpretations of historical people and events.

Learning How the Past Informs the Present

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Community Engagement and Internships
  • You complete a total of eleven courses (or 44 credits) in history, two of which are 100-level surveys. From there, you take one course in areas focusing on ancient and medieval history, U.S. history, European history and the history of Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East. You complete four elective courses in any area, and ultimately finish your time at St. Thomas with a capstone course.
    We recommend completing the 100-level history courses in your first year or by the end of your first semester of your second year. You will need to take one or two upper-level history courses each semester from there, totaling ten courses. You will then complete your capstone course in your senior year.
    • Bachelor of Arts in History
    • Minor in History
    You have the opportunity to engage with the community through your courses, and students can intern with organizations like the History Museum, National History Day Program and various other local organizations.

    Course Requirements

    You complete a total of eleven courses (or 44 credits) in history, two of which are 100-level surveys. From there, you take one course in areas focusing on ancient and medieval history, U.S. history, European history and the history of Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East. You complete four elective courses in any area, and ultimately finish your time at St. Thomas with a capstone course.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend completing the 100-level history courses in your first year or by the end of your first semester of your second year. You will need to take one or two upper-level history courses each semester from there, totaling ten courses. You will then complete your capstone course in your senior year.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in History
    • Minor in History

    Community Engagement and Internships

    You have the opportunity to engage with the community through your courses, and students can intern with organizations like the History Museum, National History Day Program and various other local organizations.
    History professor teaches an Early American history course.

    Career Paths

    History students have a wide variety of career paths available to them. The skills you gain from our program prepares you to tackle a wide range of fields.

    • Museum curator or technician
    • Secondary or college-level educator
    • Librarian
    • Journalist
    • Lawyer or paralegal
    • Researcher for corporations and government agencies

    Get Engaged

    History students have an abundance of opportunities available to them. Whether it means getting involved with faculty-led research or community project, we have resources for you to engage with your peers.

    Expertise

    Faculty represent a wide range of specializations, and are excellent educators and engaged scholars.

    Award-Winning

    Our students have received awards for their performance in regional and national undergraduate conferences.

    Acceptance

    Our students get accepted into nationally-recognized graduate programs in law, history and public policy.

    A Close-Knit Community of Scholars

    History students support each other throughout their college journeys. Not only do they collaborate with each other in clubs, but they also engage in research with faculty and across campus with other students.

    Opportunities Abound

    Our department prides itself on providing opportunities for students and faculty inside and outside of the classroom.
    Dr. Zsolt Nagy’s East-Central Europe course challenged students to create avatars and write diary entries to investigate the complex history of the region from various lenses. Students wrote from Polish, Czech, Slovak or Hungarian perspectives.
    Dr. Jaymin Kim (@JayminKim) is active on Twitter and presents a variety of projects to his followers. His hashtag #TodayInQing narrates events happening on this date during the Qing dynasty between 1636 and 1912.
    A history major or minor is great preparation for the ever-changing job market. Employment surveys demonstrate how employers value workers who think critically, have strong communication skills and robust cultural competencies.
    History program video image.

    The Past Informs the Present

    History at St. Thomas gives students the unique opportunity to acquire a broad and deep knowledge about different parts of the world. Our curriculum fosters a career-ready skill set that prepares students to succeed in multiple industries.