The history major at Wesleyan is designed to provide a solid background in different approaches to history crossing geographical, theoretical, and chronological boundaries. Courses focus on the nature of historical inquiry and seek to expose students to a variety of historical interpretations. Our program also places historical study in a comparative and international perspective, with great emphasis on helping students undertake significant individual research in the areas and eras most interesting to them. Through the study of history, students come to a fuller understanding of the nature of the human experience and the meaning of global citizenship. As historians, students gain experience in how to read critically, argue persuasively, and write effectively.
Related Major and Minor: Political Science, Art History, International Relations, Religious Studies, Women's Studies
Wesleyan’s student-centered approach to history allows students to find their own passions from the first day of class. From our survey courses, which emphasize using primary sources to build effective historical arguments, to our advanced research seminars, students have opportunities to find the moments of historical change that intrigue, excite, and inspire them. We even have a regular fall-semester course, “Reacting to the Past,” where students engage in exciting active-learning historical “games” to study and live some of the key turning points in history. Our advanced students have multiple opportunities to pursue guided research projects and students with solid reading ability in a second language are encouraged to use these skills to build unique and meaningful research agendas. History majors frequently present their findings both at our annual Celebrating Student Scholarship Day and at professional historical conferences around the Southeast.
Our program emphasizes active learning and extra curricular and co-curricular opportunities to enhance historical study. All students are strongly encouraged to incorporate a study abroad or travel-study experience into their curricular plans. History faculty have taken students to international destinations like France, Greece, and Japan, as well as on US trips to Washington, D.C., Chicago, Savannah, Tallahassee, and Civil Rights sites around the Southeast. Students have recently completed significant internships in the Wesleyan College Archives, with the Georgia Trust, with the National Park Service, and with other local historic sites. History majors also participate in our very successful Model United Nations team, work as teaching assistants for certain active learning courses, and serve as tutors to other students.
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Recent graduates have secured careers at prestigious organizations like the National Park Service and Bulloch Hall, Roswell Georgia.
There are many careers where research skills can be used, including creating text for documentaries, brochures for historic sites & museums, reports on historic buildings, documents to help businesses or government agencies understand their past.
A writer or editor for a news medium that aims to reach a mass audience. Journalists write stories for daily newspapers, TV news programs, websites, and magazines.
A history major might teach at the elementary, secondary, college, or graduate level on subjects ranging from US to world history, or more specialized areas.
One who studies families and traces their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members.
A novel is a long, fictional narrative, which describes intimate human experiences. Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.
Involves correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications with an intention of producing a consistent, accurate, and complete work for written, visual, audible, or film media used to convey information.
Usually works outside of a specialized academic setting. Public history practice is deeply rooted in the areas of historic preservation, archival science, oral history, museum curatorship, and other related fields.
History is one of the most popular undergraduate degrees for students interested in attending law school after graduation.
A person who studies the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
A person who studies historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, and other such remains, especially those that have been excavated.
Of the student population at Wesleyan is international
Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Art degrees
Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields
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