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The History program provides majors with a solid liberal arts education. In the department, a wide range of courses focusing on a variety of world regions, time periods and topic areas are offered. While receiving broad training in several regions and periods, a history major has the opportunity to develop excellent research skills to use in writing papers, examining social issues and solving historical problems.

Opportunities are available for students to further their interest in history. Majors may qualify for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary.

The Department of History offers a history honors thesis option for qualified history majors.

Career Profile

The bachelor of arts with a major in history provides students for a wide range of career options including traditional fields such as teaching, government and military service, public history and graduate work in history, law and related social sciences and humanities. The skills developed by history majors contribute to career success in business administration, management, sales, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental agencies, politics and as leaders in public and private entities.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

WVUE 191 First Year Seminar SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1 HIST 101 Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1600 MATH 121 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics POLS 102 Introduction to American Government

Senior Year

HIST 484 Historical Research-Capstone HIST 402 Greece: From Troy to Alexander COMM 308 Nonverbal Communication PHIL 100 Problems of Philosophy SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Alumni Profiles

Corey Palumbo

Corey Palumbo graduated in 1998 with a history degree and went on to earn a law degree from the WVU College of Law. He is a partner with Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, LLP. His favorite undergraduate professor was Dr. Jack Hammersmith. “Earning my degree required me to take a wide range of classes and obtain knowledge in many areas. This helped me deal with a variety of legislative issues. I also learned how to be a more effective communicator, which has served me well in every area of my career.”

Maryann Meza

It’s hard to keep track of all the organizations she founded at WVU: the Lambda Delta chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, the women’s lacrosse team and the Institute of Finance Leaders of the Americas. Maryann Meza, a native of Silver Spring, Md., earned history and philosophy degrees from WVU, along with a master’s degree in public administration. She was a member of the Honors College and helped found the first WVU public administration graduate conference.

Chip Slaven

Chip Slaven worked in politics in Washington, D.C., for 12 years before returning to WVU to attend law school. He works in Jackson Kelly, PLLC’s Washington office. He was student body treasurer, president of Phi Sigma Kappa Social Fraternity and a member of Mountain Honorary. He was engaged in private legal practice representing complex business organizations in the areas of government contracts, government affairs and white-collar compliance and defense. He was a senior-level state government official, congressional employee and political campaign worker.

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