History BS Degree / BA Degree
Acquire Skills That Prepare You for Multiple Career Options
A bachelor’s degree in history provides a solid base for a career in education, library science, archival work or government employment. Many history majors from The University of Texas at Tyler also go on to graduate school and law school.
- Take classes on the UT Tyler campus or via ITV at the Longview and Palestine campuses.
- Develop critical writing and analytical skills that are valued by employers across many fields.
Graduates of the history program have followed myriad career paths. Many are employed as history teachers in area schools including: Robert E. Lee High School, John Tyler High School and Grace Community School. Others hold positions in local government, the law and libraries and archives.
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Bachelor’s in History: Explore the Past. Gain Lifelong Skills.
- Delve into world, European and United States history with a superior curriculum that also prepares you for specialized study and research at the master’s level.
- Study in small classes taught by full-time faculty and benefit from interaction and individualized attention.
- Gain exceptional research and writing skills that you can apply throughout your college education and rely on during your life and future career.
- Enrich your learning by participating in the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. Take advantage of unique activities such as historical reenactments and lectures on history topics.
- Complete an internship for credit at such locations as the Parrott Park and Museum, UT Tyler’s own archives or the Smith County Archives and Museum.
History Faculty: Researchers. Scholars. Authors.
- Study with scholars who have been widely recognized with such distinctions as: Professor of the Year, Spalding University; and the David C. DeBoe Award from the Texas State Historical Association.
- Engage in lively classroom discussions with professors who are dedicated researchers and frequent presenters at academic conferences on such topics as: Machiavelli’s French Counterpart – Claude de Seyssel; Women in the 1968 Eugene McCarthy Campaign: and The Civil War Prison Experiences of the 7th Texas Infantry.
History Courses: Worldwide Scope. In-Depth Study.
Civil War and Reconstruction – Explore the era of the American Civil War, 1848-1877, including the growth of sectionalism and the causes of the war, the course of the conflict, and the impact of the war on social, political and economic issues.
Topics in History – Undertake advanced studies in history to include such areas as comparative or non-Western history, or other specialized historical topics. Recent topics have included the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire and the history of Africa.
Medieval Europe – Examine the fusion of classical, Christian and barbarian cultures and the emergence of a distinctly Western civilization in medieval Europe from the 4th to the 15th century.
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Career Outlook for Historians
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates an 11% growth in employment for historians through 2018. Growth will primarily be in the local, state and national government sectors. Many graduates with a background in history will find employment in specialized careers such as researcher, policy analyst or writer. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Historians.