The History Program trains students in analytical writing, helps them learn how to organize and utilize various kinds of evidence, and provides perspectives that enable a better understanding of human behavior and cultural difference.
The history program’s fundamental purpose is to encourage an understanding and, through research, an application of historical consciousness—that is, “the coherent organization of experience in historical time;” a just appreciation of the interrelationship of past, present, and future; and the knowledge that social change in this context is inevitable.
The History Program offers survey courses in world and American history, and a variety of specialized courses in American, European, and non-Western history. Except for seminars reserved for majors, all history courses are open to the student body at large. Even advanced courses host a large number of students who are there just because they like to learn about history. Bringing together students from a variety of academic majors, discussions in these classes offer a diversity of viewpoints.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Miamisburg City Schools||The Ohio State University (J.D., law)|
|Frazier History Museum||University of Kentucky (M.F.T., counseling)|
|Xerox Corporation||University of Memphis (M.A., modern European history)|
|Minoh City Board of Education||Valparasio Law School (J.D., law)|
|Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.||Emory University (M.Div.)|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“The beauty about studying history is that it continually surprises me — the courses always challenge my perspective and assumptions. History synthesizes everything from extensive research opportunities and critical thinking, to stories told from a myriad of viewpoints. Centre’s history professors lead cutting-edge research, invest in their students, and create a community for those who love history.”
Centre Class of 2019 • History Major
History majors can take their European history on site while participating in Centre’s programs in Strasbourg, France, and London, England. Other study abroad options that often offer history courses include the College’s semester program in Merida, Mexico, and several shorter programs in countries ranging from Uganda to Guatemala.
Internship opportunities abound for history majors — from working in the Imperial War Museum in London, England, to serving as congressional aides in Washington D.C., to learning about historical preservation at the Perryville Battle Field Civil War historic site. Several history majors witnessed history in the making as they served in key leadership positions during the vice presidential debates held on Centre’s campus in 2000 and 2012.
History majors have gone on to careers in law, journalism, medicine, teaching, government and diplomatic service, education, library and museum work, theology, banking, business, and public relations. Alumni find that the skills they acquire in Centre’s history program serve them well in the “real world.” Professionals in any field benefit from the investigations into human behavior and the extensive training in analytical writing that are a part of the Centre history major.