A degree in History does not automatically qualify anyone for a certain profession, but the training one receives prepares him/her for all sorts of careers. Some of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in law and business, some enter private enterprise such as banking and brokerage; some go to work in positions in federal, state, or local government, and some even enter medical or dental school, if they use their elective hours for the requisite science courses. In a study by Forbes Magazine, the degree shared by the most CEOs of major American companies was History.
The Department has developed a very successful program to train History majors who intend to pursue a career teaching History and Social Studies in public high schools. The major in History with a Concentration in Secondary Education, or “GeauxTeach” program, works in cooperation with the College of Education, and has produced graduates who have become highly sought-after as teachers in Louisiana schools (see a partial list here). For prerequisites and program requirements, click here: GeauxTeach. Or you may contact Prof. Zevi Gutfreund, the faculty advisor for the concentration.
The Department of History offers five scholarships to its majors who are sophomores or juniors. Students may submit applications in the spring for scholarships that are awarded in the next academic year. For additional information, contact our undergraduate advisor.
The department also offers undergraduate seminars, independent study with individual professors, opportunity for study abroad, and an honors program in association with the Honors College. Many of the department’s course offerings are cross-listed with those of departments such as Economics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, English, Military Science, and the programs in African and African-American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. It is also possible to minor in history while pursuing a major in another field by taking at least 18 hours of course work in History.