History, BA/BS

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In Short

A degree in History prepares you to understand the present through knowledge of the past while shaping up for a career in a wide range of fields, from teaching, public history, law, public policy, and much more.

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What will I do?
  • Choose from a wide variety of course offerings rivaling much larger universities while benefitting from a low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Develop analytical, research, and writing skills that prepare you for multiple careers
  • Participate in active learning simulations where you’ll be assigned historical roles in major events and will collaborate and compete with others to advance your objective

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Program Overview

If you're interested in an education that prepares you broadly for any profession that relies on critical thinking, communication, and analysis, Fitchburg State University has the program you need. A degree in History prepares you to understand the present through knowledge of the past and to leverage your skills for careers in a wide range of fields, from teaching and public history to law, public policy and many more.

Because it is impossible to understand the present without some knowledge of the past, history serves as a cornerstone for any liberal arts or pre-professional program. Course offerings range from the ancient worlds of Europe, Asia and the Americas to the modern United States and the world in a global culture. History majors gain proficiency in reading, writing and critical thinking through coursework that emphasizes research methods and interpretive skills.

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With the guidance of some great professors I achieved a lot in three years. On the road to my BA in history, I interned in Washington, D.C., presented original research on industrial Fitchburg, and studied abroad in Russia.

Ralph Hogan, '11

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Extracurricular Learning

From opportunities like Moot Court and Model UN, to the Washington Center Internship Program, there's plenty of ways to get involved in campus activities. Get involved in the undergraduate research symposium and expand your learning through interdisciplinary collaboration with other majors.
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Internships

Attain real world experience through internships with government agencies, non-governmental or international organizations, either through our close connection with The Washington Center (Washington, DC) career building program, or other placements locally or regionally that our faculty Internship Coordinator helps you arrange.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

Historical Knowledge

Graduates with a baccalaureate in history should understand the diversity of human experience in the past, as well as the nature of the historical enterprise. Specifically, you should demonstrate that you can explain the historical development and significance of important events, institutions, and ideas in United States and world history and apply different approaches to and methods of historical study.

Historical Reasoning and Research

Graduates with a baccalaureate in history should understand the nature of historical interpretation, the variety of historical sources, and the structure of historical arguments. Specifically, you should demonstrate that you can pose a significant research question about history; locate, explain, evaluate, and utilize information from and about the past to answer a research question; interpret a variety of primary sources, evaluate secondary sources, and utilize both types of sources to support a historical argument.

Communication

Graduates with a baccalaureate in history should be able to demonstrate that they are critical readers and writers of history. Specifically, you should demonstrate that you have mastered the written and oral forms of communication appropriate to history, such as the critical review, analytical summaries of historical events and arguments, and the research paper.

Through each of these three areas, students taking history courses obtain training in problem solving through the analysis of data and literary and artistic evidence to put forth and evaluate arguments, practice effective skills of communication in expressing ideas, obtain knowledge of citizenship at the local, national and global levels, confront ethical issues in historical reasoning and research, and understand context that produces artistic works.

  • Business – research and analysis, marketing
  • Digital archives
  • Editing
  • Graduate School
  • Government and public policy
  • Library science
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Teaching in middle and high schools (public and private)
  • Professional writing
  • Public history