Who Majors in History?
The student of history is a traveler in many lands. Like all travel, the
study of the pastwhether in a single course or a dozenbroadens and enriches
the human mind and the human personality. We dont believe that history
is a productyou cant sell it, eat it, sleep with it, buy it, trade it,
or give it to your mother as a birthday present. Instead the study of history
helps us to become decent, literate, humane, compassionate, knowledgeable
people who recognize that we cannot deal with the present or prepare to
cope with the future without an understanding of the past. Moreover, it
is from a study of the past that we acquire familiarity with the great
tradition of human values and human dignity.
What Can I Do with a History Degree?
The study of history can lead to professional work in the fieldas a teacher
or professional historian in governmental and private agencies. It is also
valuable for those going into other professions, such as government service,
law, librarianship, journalism, publishing, labor, business, theology.
But also the study of history produces in general the kind of person who
is capable of handling many different jobs and positions where the knowledgeable,
the intelligent, the humane, and the perceptive are in demand. People who
bring with them a broad understanding of their society and who have command
of the English language, spoken and written, are of high value in many
fields and to thousands of employers. This means that history majors have
a wide variety of careers open to them.
What About a History Minor/Second Major?
History is unique in that no field of knowledge is alien to it, since history
encompasses all knowledge about the past. The study of historyis a supportive
and integrative discipline, designed to broaden your knowledge of the past,
to support your study in other areas, and to bring to bear the discipline
of history on other fields of knowledge. The department encourages students
to minor or to take it as a second major.
Interested in Teaching?
The Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science offers pre-professional
preparation for those considering teaching history and social studies at
the junior high and high school levels. Advising is mandatory.
Honors in History
If you perform well in your major courses you may be invited to pursue
an individual research project working closely with a faculty member whose
area of expertise matches the topic you wish to study.
The Certificate in Public History prepares students for non-teaching careers
as historians. Emphasis is placed on skills and knowledge necessary for
public and private sector employment in historic preservation, historic
site assessment, archival management.
By providing practical experience in local museums, libraries, and public
archives, internships help students prepare for jobs in public agencies
The faculty of the History Department at Chico are highly trained and experienced
with a reputation for popular teaching unexcelled in the university. The
majority have published their research, and others have work in progress.
Together they offer a diversity of survy and upper-
division courses in
a wide range of fields.