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“WE ARE MEETING with every single history major that we have, be they pre-law, straight history, or social studies education history, to advise them not only about classes but also about matters that are important to their future,” said History Professor Caleb Finegan. “We recognize how vital that is.”

Make the past your launch to a successful future

Studying history is often about making choices. You can’t study all of history in four years, but you can build a strong historical foundation and focus on a direction that most interests you. Our history tracks provide excellent preparation for students who may wish to teach, enter government service, pursue a legal career, and go on to graduate studies.

These programs may also open doors to a wide array of business opportunities, as well as varied fields such as journalism and archival work for museums and historical societies.

History majors can also take full advantage of our internship program. You can choose this hands-on experience to clarify your career goals.

BA in History

  • Develop the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that are essential when examining and interpreting history.
  • Take foundational courses in Western Civilization, American history, Middle East history, East Asian history, and Latin American history.
  • Follow your historical passion by choosing to study histories of Russia, the Roman Empire, Islamic civilization, the Middle East, China, Japan, and Latin America.
  • Minor in Asian studies, Latin American Studies, Pan-African Studies, or Women’s Studies.

BA in History/Pre-Law

  • Develop the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that will be essential if you are to have a successful law career.
  • Take foundational courses in Western Civilization, American history, Middle East history, East Asian history, and Latin American history.
  • Complete your pre-law interdisciplinary minor by taking courses in business, criminology, economics, English, philosophy, and political science.

History Honors Program

Designed to enrich the undergraduate education of qualified history majors, and of particular value to majors seeking admission to graduate or professional schools. Learn more about the program.

  • Open by departmental permission to declared history majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in history courses.
  • File a declaration of intent during the sophomore year; a formal application for admission must be made, normally early in the junior year.
  • Honors theses are completed individually under the direction of a department professor who specializes in the student’s area of interest and are approved by a thesis committee comprising the director and two other readers, one of whom may come from outside the History Department.

Prepare to bring history to life for the next generation

As a teacher of junior and senior high school students, you will have the opportunity to share your passion in history with the next generation. By bringing history to life, you’ll help your students understand how people have faced challenges, formed civilizations, and brought about monumental change in the world.

BSEd Social Studies Education: History Track

  • Prepare to become a secondary school social studies and history teacher. This track leads to teaching certification for Pennsylvania junior and senior high schools.
  • Take foundational courses in Western Civilization and United States history.
  • Choose to study a broad range of electives that include Colonial America, Medieval Europe, the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, Pan-African, Early China, the Civil War, Russia, and the Middle East.
  • Gain hands-on experience and take part in IUP’s extensive student teaching program.
  • History Department
  • Keith Hall, Room 203
    390 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2284
  • Fax: 724-357-6478
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.