History majors and minors at USM become familiar with past knowledge, the forces of change and the varieties of historical scholarship that examine cultures and events across all times and places. As they discover and organize facts, analyze evidence, and apply theory they learn to create meaningful explanations and narratives that support a well-rounded understanding of past human activity and its impact on the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The USM History Major offers a wide range of courses and study options covering an array of specialties, such as U.S. History, Women's History, Latin American History, Ancient and Modern European History, East Asian History, Near Eastern History, and Religious History. Through introductory and advanced courses, students acquire a grounding in historical knowledge and posses the central core of an excellent liberal arts education, which may be used in numerous ways - as active citizens, in pursuing graduate school, and in various occupations.
The faculty members of the Department of History comprise a group of professional historians dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the education of students. Professors in the Department have published acclaimed books and articles; they have been awarded various grants and fellowships in the academic profession, including the Fulbright. They regularly lecture at national conferences and serve as commentators on historical topics on radio and television programs. Department faculty are also active participants in a number of interdisciplinary programs throughout the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS), including the American and New England Studies Program and the Women and Gender Studies Program.
Quality Through Caring
Class size is generally small with a maximum of 40 students in introductory classes, 30 in upper level classes, and 12 in senior seminars.
Every student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps the student choose courses, fulfill requirements and devise a coherent program of study.
History majors have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning elective credits by participating in the department's internship program. Students may also take advantage of USM's international study opportunities. Many students participate each year in study abroad for a full year or a semester.