Major in History | BA in History
History is more than just the study of past events – it’s also exploration of why and how events transpired over time, and what that means for us today. A perfect option for students who love to read and learn, majoring in history sets a strong foundation for your career and your life.
As a history major, you will be transported back in time to learn, examine and analyze different events and important historical figures. Through our history degree program, you’ll study Ohio, U.S. and world history and be able to identify significant points in time that changed the course of modern civilization as we know it.
Study at Urbana U – One of the Best Colleges for
Studying History at Urbana gives you an educational advantage. In the classroom, you’ll have one-on-one access to faculty for an informative education that best suits your needs.
Step foot outside of the classroom with additional programs to further your knowledge and to apply what you’ve learned. Take field trips with our History Club to visit historical sights filled with exciting stories. Attend the Renaissance Festival for a glimpse of medieval times and traditions. Or, check out community exhibits and events to get the most out of Urbana’s local scene.
Gain Skills for Exciting Careers in History
When you are majoring in history, you can move into beneficial careers right after graduation. Students may go on to be archivists, writers, editors and more. Pair history with a double major in education, and you can even become a history teacher.
Graduate school is a natural next step for history majors. This allows you to pursue exciting careers in institutional historical work.
Meet Dr. Michael Rhyne | History Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Michael Rhyne came to Urbana with a love and passion for the program he teaches. Dr. Rhyne teaches history from a new and different perspective, encouraging his students to go deeper – to re-learn what they think they already know.
- Develop an understanding of the dynamics of historical change and continuity through the use of event chronology and periodization.
- Demonstrate the abilities to make a persuasive argument and to read with critical understanding.
- Apply analytical skills to identification and interpretation of historical sources.
- Evidence an understanding that interpretations based upon the findings of recognized scholars and numerous primary sources are still subject to reexamination and revision.
- Make analytic comparisons of secondary source authors that treat the same or similar events (historiography).
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