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History (B.A.)

As a Marymount History major, you will focus on European and American history, the foundations of Western civilization. History is also part of the Liberal Arts Core, providing students across the University with exposure to the discipline.

Do you want to teach History to students in middle or high school? Marymount offers an option to pursue teaching licensure for History and Social Science. You also have the opportunity to pursue a minor in Public History, study abroad, and participate in internships and research in areas of special interest.

World-renowned museums and libraries like the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress are a Metro ride away, making it easy to pursue those special interests.

Many History majors move on to law school or teaching. Others find satisfying careers in museums, business, information technology, nonprofit organizations, politics, and public relations. Emphasis on the development of critical thinking, research, and writing skills – plus the internship – make Marymount History majors highly employable.

For those interested in History & Social Science Education, a teaching licensure program is available as well.

By the end of their senior year, history majors have developed the skills to:

  • Investigate problems
  • Analyze information
  • Identify reliable sources
  • Contextualize complex questions
  • Communicate conclusions in a clear and thoughtful manner

More specifically, history majors will be able to successfully:

  • Demonstrate the capacity to understand and communicate the complex nature of the historical record using specific examples
  • Demonstrate the ability to view past events and interpretations from a range of viewpoints
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate conflicting historical narratives
  • Demonstrate the ability to ask meaningful questions, develop a working thesis, identify and analyze primary and secondary sources, use evidence to test and revise a thesis, and communicate one's findings through written and oral presentations
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical reading and analysis using historiographical thinking