The History Department's faculty members are committed teachers and nationally-recognized researchers whose broad expertise will help you gain an understanding of American, European, and non-Western history. We'll teach you how to analyze complex -- sometimes contradictory -- evidence, to recognize bias in both contemporary and historical sources, and to understand how history is constructed.

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What Can I Do With A History Degree?

People who study history are prepared to enter a variety of fields and industries that value critical thinking, the ability to conduct research, and a facility of communication, written or oral that enables the individual to relay complex ideas that a non-specialist can understand. A degree in history can help anyone learn and refine these abilities.

In addition to the obvious career paths of teaching, law school, and graduate school, history majors from Southern have found jobs working as researchers for insurance agencies, human resources managers, sales and marketing personnel, and a variety of civil servants, including with the FBI.