Undergraduate Program

The Study of History

The study of history is vital to an understanding of our contemporary world, for we can hardly understand the present moment if we don’t develop an awareness of how it came to be. Historians pursue every place, period, population, and process under the sun, from antiquity to the near present, and on these journeys to the past they explore the connections that make up the complexity of human society – from individuals to institutions, from economics to religion to recreation, and from formal politics to family life.  As they learn to recognize the fundamental importance of context, perspective, and contingency to the changes and continuities that occur within and between individual lives, communities, countries, and continents, students of history acquire not just a firm knowledge of the past; they also develop an invaluable way to approach and analyze the world. In short, the study of history not only opens a window into the past; it also provides a framework for understanding the present and charting the future.

After Graduation

Because historical study provides a firm foundation in the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to navigate our complex contemporary world, our majors are highly prepared to succeed in the widest variety of professions, whether medicine or management, teaching or policymaking, consulting or law, or the further study of history.

Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including History majors.

Learn More

If you are interested in majoring in history, contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Dan Graff at (574) 631-5733 or dgraff@nd.edu.

To explore the multiple opportunities available to history majors, see Exploring History.

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