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History (B.A./B.S.)

The past shapes the present.

Everything we are now is a result of who we have been in the past. When you study history, you gain a deep understanding of the people, places and events that have helped shape the world we know today. As a history major, you will explore the entire sweep of the human experience – spanning centuries, continents and cultures. You will develop a rich historical perspective and a strong set of skills in research, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking. The history program prepares students for careers in various professional occupations, law, journalism, teaching, business, public service, library sciences, international work, historical research, and provides a necessary background for graduate work or other specialized training.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are fascinated by history
  • Like museums, travel and learning about other cultures
  • Are a strong writer and analytical thinker
  • Enjoy reading and watching biographies
  • Are interested in national and global events

Career Opportunities

  • Historian
  • Librarian/archivist (with additional education)
  • Museum
  • Business/ Management
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • Daktronics
  • Scurry County Museum
  • City of Brookings Police Department
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Fort Sisseton State Park

Internship Opportunities

  • H.M. Briggs Library Archives
  • History Department
  • South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
  • South Dakota Art Museum
  • SD Legislature

Suggested Certificates

  • Art History
  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Legal Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Global Studies
  • Political Science

Clubs and Organizations

  • History Club of SDSU
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Model UN

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.