History

History teaches you as much about yourself as it teaches about others.

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Undergraduate Programs

History constitutes the core of a liberal arts education by exposing students to people, places, and points of view otherwise impossible to access in one lifetime. A history major’s skills are applicable in almost every career; history majors learn how to analyze sources, write persuasively, situate debates within their context, and think critically about their place in the world.

Our major and minor curricula, are designed by a diverse group of professors and offer a variety of courses in social, cultural, environmental, gender, economic, political, and religious history.

What Can I Do With a Degree in History?

A history degree offers a variety of skill sets to pursue different career paths. USF history graduates have used these skills to establish successful careers in law, teaching, banking, public service, entrepreneurship, and technology, among others.

"History is not black and white, it is not the memorization of dates, it is the endless possibilities of interpretations of one single event. It opens the door to inquiries and an understanding of why people see a particular situation in different light. Think about the value of transferring this and other analytical and critical thinking skills into your professional career paths.”

Katie Hanks, Alumna 2015

Internships

Internships complement your academic training in history and play a critical role in paving your career paths. The USF History Department has a very successful internship program and works collaboratively with the Career Center to help history majors find internships.

"Majoring in history has provided me with a strong discipline in analytical and personal skills. I think studying history can provide students with a greater understanding of how people relate to one another, and this makes history majors great team members in any work environment!"

Milton Smith, Alumnus 2015

History Honor Society: Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Members have shown distinction in their study of history and contributions to the university’s learning community.

Contact Info

Department of History

Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 327, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-6784 (415) 422-5784