History Major



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, History students 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. Dynamic History faculty offer hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom and in the local community. The History major also includes pathways leading to K-8 and 7-12 Social Studies Teacher Certification.

Students who study History at USM can:

*engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis.

*understand the dynamics of change over time.

*explore multiple historical and theoretical viewpoints that provide perspective on the past, and  recognize where they are in history.

*seek a variety of sources that provide evidence to support an argument about the past and develop a methodological practice for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence.

*recognize and practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship in their application of historical knowledge and analysis to contemporary social issues and contemporary dialogue.


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, African American History, Ancient and Modern European History, East Asian History, Near Eastern History, Cultural 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.


This History faculty is comprised of 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, and 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, in newspapers and magazines, and on Social Media.  Department faculty are also active participants in a number of interdisciplinary programs throughout the University, including the Women and Gender Studies Program and Digital Humanities projects and initiatives. 

Quality Through Caring

Class size is generally small with a maximum of 40 students in introductory classes, 30 in upper level classes, and 14 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.