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Starting in Fall 2017, the History Major has new requirements!
Students should review the updated requirements for the History major.
Students who add the History major are automatically enrolled under the new requirements. If you are already a History major and would like to switch from the old to the new requirements, please complete our web form.
Welcome to UMD's Department of History
The study of history is vital to a liberal arts education because it provides a holistic approach to knowledge; it broadens students' understanding of commonality and diversity, development of cultures, and drama of human experience. History touches on the whole range of the human heritage. While focusing on the past, it also helps students understand the present and provides a strong foundation for the future. It prepares students for careers that demand analytical and communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural breadth. These careers include law, business, journalism, teaching, government, and the ministry.
This program introduces students to major world cultures and provides experiences in the critical use of historical literature and other source materials. It offers classes in five geographical areas (Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and United States) and on a number of thematic topics.