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Program Highlights

History Program Highlights

The bachelor’s degree in history at McNeese immerses students in the study of past people, events, institutions and societies to better understand the modern era. History majors learn to research, investigate, verify and interpret historical data and accounts, think critically about bias and grapple with differing points of view.

Prepare for a career in law

While the history degree program at McNeese equips students to work in the historical field, it also serves as excellent preparation for many other careers in a variety of fields. As a history major, you will develop the ability to analyze information, craft persuasive arguments, and to communicate effectively through written and oral presentations, all of which is excellent preparation for law school. Out of the cohort from 2016–2017, 92.3% of McNeese grads who applied to law school were admitted.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for History Majors

With small class sizes, in-depth instruction and a variety of scholarship opportunities available for history majors, McNeese's history degree program offers students excellence with a personal touch. Here are even more benefits:

Work-study and internship opportunities

History majors at McNeese have the opportunity to participate in internships at the Frazar Memorial Library archives or at local museums and galleries. A work-study program on campus also allows history majors to get hands-on experience teaching by tutoring their fellow university students in history.

Conferences

History majors are encouraged to join Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society that promotes the study of history through encouragement of research, publication and free exchange of ideas among historians, students and teachers. Students in Phi Alpha Theta have the chance to present academic research papers at the Louisiana Historical Association’s annual conference, and may be eligible for scholarships and awards.

Practical research

As a student in the history bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into a specific aspect of history that interests you with a senior capstone project. You’ll work closely with a faculty mentor to thoroughly investigate a time, place and aspect of history of your choosing to cultivate your personal expertise before presenting preliminary research and a final in-depth oral presentation.

Excellence with a personal touch

History majors benefit from faculty mentors who provide personalized advising to make sure students get the most out of their academic careers. With small class sizes, student receive one-on-one attention from faculty, whose specialties encompass a broad range of areas, including Louisiana commercial and economic history, southern women’s history, the American Civil War, the Haitian revolution and  early 20th century English history.

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History Bachelor's Degree Program Concentrations

Social Studies Education Grades 6-12

As a Social Studies Education Grades major, you will learn how to successfully introduce the next generation to the social sciences and will graduate ready to step into your career with initial teacher certification.

Social Studies Education Curriculum
Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with a History Degree?

History majors graduate equipped with a valuable skill set that makes them competitive applicants in a number of fields, including business, law, education, communication and more. Here are just a few of the paths you can pursue with a history degree:

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Juris Doctorate
  • Master of Science in Library Science
  • Master of Art in Museum Studies
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Job Titles or Employers

  • Academic Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Civil Service Administrator
  • History Teacher
  • Historical Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Museum Education Specialist
  • Museum/Gallery Exhibitions Specialist
  • Political Advisor
  • Research Analyst
  • Legislative Staffer

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Program Contact

Dr. Michael Smith, Department Head
337-475-5160