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History Major (BA/BS)


If you are 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 their skills for careers in a wide range of fields, from teaching and public history to law, public policy and many more.

In This Program

You will: 

  • Choose from a wide variety of course offerings rivaling much larger universities while maintaining low student-to-faculty ratios
  • 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

Student Testimonial

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, 2011

Career Opportunities  

  • 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

Experiential Opportunities 

  • Student teaching in area middle and secondary schools
  • Conferences, including undergraduate research symposiums
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with other majors

Requirements and Curriculum 

History, B.A.
History, B.S.