Welcome to the Undergraduate Program in History!
Whether you are joining the Van Hunnick History Department to become a History Major or to fulfill a general education requirement, all are welcome to participate in our community of scholars and faculty. Feel free to read up on our course offerings and undergraduate programs, or contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies to learn more about the department, our teaching vision, and the strengths we bring to our classroom. Fight On!
Why Choose a Major in History?
|History teaches you to appreciate and evaluate the world beyond your own lived experience. The study of History can take you to cultures, places, and events beyond the here-and-now. You can study politics, armies, social groups, the ties between the sexes, big ideas, art, or the making of great literature.|
|History trains you to write, think, and argue critically. Historians are analysts of complex data, exotic documents, mysterious images and writers of persuasive prose. Some History majors go on to graduate studies and careers in schools, universities, and archives. Others find that they are highly prepared for law school, journalism, politics, social services, or any number of other jobs that require analytical skills.|
|Our faculty are nationally and internationally known experts in their fields! They combine top-rate research in their specialties with a dedication to teaching. Classes are usually small so that students can work personally with professors.|
|USC and Los Angeles have some of the best resources for historical study in the country. The Van Hunnick History Department hosts its own web-based archival and image databases. Nearby are the world-famous Huntington Library, the Getty Museum and Library, and all the other museums and archives of the LA region.|
|History opens your future career path to a multitude of options from educator, to advocate, to a Provost at USC (like Elizabeth Garrett). In recent years our majors have excelled at leading law and medical schools, prestigious PhD programs, Teach for America, television journalism, as well as the NFL and even the Olympics!|
|History prepares you: a recent study by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences reported that history majors made close to the highest earnings among humanities majors and that 87% were happy with their job.|
Students in all Van Hunnick History Department majors will demonstrate:
- Skill in evaluating individuals, societies, organizations, cultures, and cultural expressions on their own terms across time and space.
- Skill in reading texts, images, and artifacts.
- Ability to research and to evaluate evidence in historical context.
- Skill in critical thinking and expository writing based on logic and evidence.
- An understanding of how the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired from historical studies make it possible to negotiate the contemporary world.
- Preparation for a wide variety of professions and post-graduate programs and professional schools.