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History, Political Science and International Studies
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.
Introducing the New History Major (Fall 2019)
The General History track retains the core of the previous history major, giving students the flexibility to specialize in an area or time period of their choosing. It is designed for students who wish to pursue an M.A. or Ph.D. in History, or for those who would like to double major in History and another field. It's also a great choice for those planning to become high school history teachers (along with a Teaching Social Studies Major) or anyone who is just interested in history.
The new Public History track gives students a sound foundation in traditional history while training them for work in a variety of applied fields, from museums and historical archives to historic preservation and cultural resource management. It offers preparation for M.A. and Ph.D. work in both Public and traditional History, and is also a great choice for students interested in double-majoring. Follow this link for more information about Public History at UMD. Current History majors who want to switch to the Public History track should fill out this form.
Click here for a comparison of the General and Public History requirements.
Students in either track may also wish to consider completing UMD's Museum Studies Certificate.