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History, B.A.

Historians examine the past to better understand the present and chart a more successful future. The History program offers courses in U.S., European, Asian, and Latin American history as well as hands-on opportunities to work with archival materials and historical collections through internships. History majors perform high-tech research and learn critical thinking, project development, and excellent writing and presentation skills. The History/Education concentration prepares students for the California Subject Examination for Teachers. The department fosters active student communities, including a student-run History Club.

Why this program

You will graduate with the knowledge needed for almost any occupation, from editing and publishing to historical preservation and consulting.

The Humboldt Student History Conference creates a scholarly and collegial setting for students to present their research to peers, the History faculty, and the public.

Student writing tutors are available to help you achieve the same sort of writing success they have mastered over their years as History majors.

History class

Academics & Options

The History department offers an array of courses and internships with museums, historical societies, city governments, and parks. Students can work together and earn credits through weekend and short-term workshops.

Program Concentrations

Prepares students to enter the fifth credential year for Single Subject Secondary Education programs, offering a single-subject major in Social Science while preparing them with essential course work in History, Economics, Geography, Politics, and Sociology that they need for teaching Social Science in California. This course work prepares students for the California Subject Examination for Teachers.

History/Education Requirements

Did you know?

Students can participate in the oldest History Day competition in California.

History Club students were the first group of undergraduates to attend the annual American Historical Association meeting more than 10 years ago.

The Career Workshop, held every fall, helps students look for career opportunities in almost any field.

History class


Students graduate with the knowledge needed for a range of meaningful careers. A History degree does not limit graduates to a career as a historian or teacher, but opens the door to a wide array of careers from editing and publishing to historical preservation and consulting.

  • Analyst
  • Archivist
  • Diplomat
  • Historian
  • Law Clerk
  • Librarian
  • Museum Specialist
  • Politician
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Writer
History professor

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