College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
History student studying

Degree Options

  • B.A. in History (3 & 4 year programs)
  • B.A. in History Teaching
  • M.A. in History
  • B.A./M.A. 3+2 in History
  • Minor in History

Who Would be Interested in History?

  • Those who want to learn more about the past
  • Those who love old things such as letters, clothing, or paintings and are curious about the people who wrote, wore, or painted them or about the society in which they were created
  • Those who enjoy grappling with complex questions and issues as the role of war in society or the changing nature of slavery
  • Those who enjoy reading and writing

Why History?

  • Classes in everything from Ancient Egypt to the Worlds of Christopher Columbus to the Rise of Consumer America
  • Many opportunities to interact with other majors and faculty through History Club and History Honors Society activities
  • A community of 170+ students and 14 full-time faculty members who are renowned scholars who love to teach, know their students' names, and have their office doors always open for their students
  • All classes taught by full-time faculty, with no more than 30 students in each undergraduate class; graduate seminars capped at 15 students

Rewarding Career Opportunities

The skills you learn apply to jobs in:

  • Archives/Museums
  • Education/Teaching
  • Journalism/Media
  • Government/Law
  • Management/Business

Senior Internships

  • Hands-on experience in being historians inside and outside the classroom, including internships.
  • Opportunities to study abroad for a summer or a semester.

What are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select a History option upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

B.A. History graduates:

  • Kentucky Cabinet for Children and Families
  • Managerial positions with Amazon.com
  • U.S. Bank
  • Completed PhD's and Library Science/Archive M.A.s at University of Chicago, University of Kansas, and University of Kentucky
  • Pursuing law degrees at Salmon Chase, NKU.

B.A. History Teaching graduates:

  • Teaching History/Social Studies in Fayette, Madison, Scott and Shelby counties in Kentucky

M.A. History graduates:

  • KY State Archives
  • History instructors at area community colleges
  • Completed PhD's Michigan State University, University of Kentucky, and Auburn.

How Do I Get More Information?

Contact John Bowes, History Department Chair

For M.A. program, contact Brad Wood, Graduate Program Coordinator