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History helps us discover new meaning in the past, present and future. Our students learn the best practices of historical research while developing skills for a successful career: thinking critically, communicating effectively and tackling complex problems.


What is History at WVU like?


What if there was a way to tell the story of why we are the way we are? To study human behavior as if in a lab with unlimited evidence? To preserve what makes us unique and understand what keeps us going?

History helps us discover new meaning in the past, present and future. Our students learn the best practices of historical research while developing the skills for a successful career: thinking critically, communicating effectively and tackling complex problems.

Graduates excel in careers in politics, the legal profession, business and marketing, human resources, information and library sciences, law enforcement, journalism, public relations, intelligence or security analysis, sales and recruitment, education and more.

At a Glance

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What makes History at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

All History majors declare a minor to personalize their studies. Many select another minor or a second major based on their long-term goals.

Students are encouraged to find and apply for internships or study abroad opportunities. They have studied abroad in Turkey, Germany, England, Poland, South Africa, Australia and more.

With faculty guidance, our students begin their own work as researchers, working in local or national archives to make their own discoveries.

3+3 Law Degree Program

This major is eligible for the 3+3 Law Degree Program that allows qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years instead of seven years.

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What can you do with this degree?

History majors in our department have worked at National Park Service sites and the National Main Street Project in Charleston, W.Va.

Graduates have gone on to work as curators or in the fields of education, government, human resources, intelligence, international affairs, law, media, nonprofit organizations and public policy.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's History major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in History at WVU?

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Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's History major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

HIST 210:
Modern Military History

Military history from the American Revolution to the present, stressing the evolution of warfare with particular attention to strategy, tactics, weaponry and the consequences of war.

HIST 250:
West Virginia

Historical foundations and development of West Virginia, with particular emphasis upon the growth of the government, the economy, and the traditions of the state.

HIST 320:
Pre-Colonial Africa

History of Africa, earliest times to mid-nineteenth century. Focus on population and interaction, state formation, trade in sub-Saharan Africa, and on impact of external influences such as Christianity and Islam.

HIST 365:
The Vietnam War

United States participation in the 1946-1975 fighting in Indochina. United States involvement in the political and military conflict, and the impact of the war on the United States.

HIST 445:
History of American Women

Examination of the history of American women from 1607 to the present with emphasis on working conditions, women's rights, development of feminism, women's role in wartime, women in the family.

HIST 451:
African-American History-1900

African background, the slave trade and evolution of slavery in the New World. The attack on slavery and its destruction.

Cost and Aid

How much does History at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $403
Per Semester $4,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,672
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements History has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for History at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's History major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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