The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute’s range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, EMSI aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.
Why Study History at USC?
History teaches you to appreciate and evaluate the world beyond your own lived experience. As a History major at USC, you will join one of the Top-20 history departments in the country. You can work with a world-class faculty, pursue independent study, write an honors thesis, participate in interdisciplinary and multimedia projects, and take advantage of the History Department's special ties to archives and institutes in the Los Angeles area.
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In addition to our undergraduate program, USC's graduate program in History is ranked in the top 20 programs in the United States. Watch this video to learn about the strengths of our graduate program in History:
The benefits of a History degree
A liberal arts education in history can open your future to a multitude of options from educator to advocate. In recent years our majors have gone to leading law and medical schools, prestigious Ph.D programs, Teach for America, television journalism (Lisa Ling), as well as the NFL (Keyshawn Johnson and Troy Polamalu) and the Olympics (Kaitlin Sandeno).
History Pays! A recent study completed by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has concluded that students who majored in history in college, espeically American History, have notably higher annual salaries than individuals from many other fields. For additional details please also see the American Historical Association's New Report Finds U.S. History Majors Highest Earners in Humanities. According to the Georgetown study, one's major in college can lead to substantial differences in annual salary.
USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett majored in history as an undergraduate. "Being a history major has been an important part of who I am," she has stated. Read more about her.
Read these other testimonials:
David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times: "History for Dollars"
Tim Radford, columnist for The Guardian (UK): "Avoiding Another Decline and Fall"
Peter N. Stearns, American Historical Association: "Why Study History?"
The Seaver Center for Western History Research collects, preserves, and makes available to the general public research materials documenting the history of the trans-Mississippi West, with special emphasis on Southern California and Los Angeles including manuscripts, books, serials, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, posters, prints, and photographs.
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