About This Degree
The History Department has been recognized by the American Historical Association as one of 12 outstanding history departments in the United States and Canada, selected for its "brilliant teaching and leadership."
The department’s strongest areas include the modern American West, classics, early modern Europe, and the Atlantic World.
What You Will Learn
USU history majors have the opportunity to work in depth on undergraduate research projects. Students learn how to conduct and present their research all while taking advantage of faculty mentoring, study abroad opportunities, and more. Students learn the skills needed to research, analyze, think critically, and communicate clearly – all of which are highly valued skills in various career paths. About one-third of history graduates from USU go on to teaching, while two-thirds go into law, medicine, or business fields.
The preferred degree in the history program is the BA, which requires proficiency in a foreign language. Students may, however, choose to pursue the degree, which requires a significant amount of coursework in the College of Science.
This emphasis is for students interested in teaching, particularly in secondary education. Students will complete history courses and will also be required to take a number of classes that will prepare them to be educators.
This is for the history teaching emphasis only. In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school. This program is administered by USU’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Student must apply to the School of TEAL the semester before taking STEP courses. This is usually the fall of their junior year. Students learn subject content through the History Department, and spend the last year or two studying education techniques through the STEP program.
Students in the history teaching program are required to select an approved teaching minor in order to expand their career options.
Career And Outcomes
The department’s program develops expertise in the discipline of history as well as broader skills in the liberal arts. In other words, the curriculum not only provides specialized academic training but also prepare students to work in a variety of fields. Historical study develops one’s ability to investigate problems, identify reliable sources, analyze information, contextualize complex questions, and communicate conclusions in a clear and thoughtful manner.
The training and skills students develop with a history degree open doors to a range of careers in fields, such as:
- Preservation and historical education (researcher, cultural resources management and historic preservation, national park service)
- Communicator (writer and editor, journalist, documentary editor, producer of multimedia material)
- Information manager (archivist, records manager, librarian, military intelligence, foreign service)
- Advocate (lawyer and paralegal, litigation support, legislative staff work)
- Businesses and associations (corporate historian, contract historian, historian in nonprofit association)
History Teaching Emphasis
- History teacher in middle school or high school
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION AND ADVISING
*This degree is available at various USU locations.
- Brigham City
- Castle Dale
- Cedar City
- Cortez (CO)
- Heber City
- Montezuma Creek
- Monument Valley
- Park City
- Price (USU Eastern)
- Roosevelt (Uintah Basin)
- Salt Lake
- St George
- Vernal (Uintah Basin)
The History Teaching Emphasis is not offered at the Salt Lake location.
**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.
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