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Prepare for the future by learning about the past. As a History major, you’ll study the events and societies that led to what our world is today, looking for patterns and lessons among the past. Then you’ll be tasked with an important service: preserving our past, passing it on, and keeping it alive.
Here’s what makes the Mount’s History major unique:
30-40 credits in History
Learn about History major academic requirements and courses here.
As a History major, you have a lot of freedom to chart your own course. If you’re pairing this major with Education or another major, you have plenty of room to fit in all of your credits, or you can choose to take more History courses instead to hone your specialization.
Throughout your courses, you won’t just learn about American history, but you’ll also take required courses in European and non-Western history. You’ll also expand your horizons through special topics courses like Olympic Games: Ancient and Modern, Nazi Germany, Riots and Disorder in America, Cultural & Political History of Greece, and more.
Was your favorite part of elementary school all of the field trips? Relive your favorite kind of experiential education! Learn about the American Revolution at Washington’s Headquarters or pass on your knowledge by taking a group of middle schoolers on a walking tour of Newburgh (and then helping them write a book about it!). Don’t just learn about history: experience it!
The first step towards your future is an internship. While internships are not required for History majors, they are certainly encouraged, and the Career Center can help you find the perfect fit! You could apply for a government internship at an organization like the US House of Representatives, NY State Police, or the New York State Senate, or if you’d prefer, a historical internship at a local gem like Washington’s Headquarters, Vanderbilt Mansion, or the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Archives.
After graduation, you’ll be ready to apply your degree in History to the future. History majors often preserve the past by teaching, archiving, museum curation, government, journalism, and more.
Here’s how some of our History alumni are using their degrees: