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Department ofHistory

Academic Program

The major program in history provides students with an understanding of the human experience through the analysis of evidence derived from both the recent and more distant past. As history majors, students learn essential skills, understand the breadth and similarities of the human experience, and acquire specific geographical and thematic knowledge. A degree in history provides excellent preparation for careers in education, journalism, media, government, law, business, and international affairs---all of which are careers that utilize the history major's expertise in discovering, organizing, and analyzing the forces that shape the contemporary world.

To minor in history, students must complete a minimum of seven courses, four of which must be upper-division.

History Major or Minor

To declare a major or minor, fill out the Program Petition form and meet with the department chair.

Contact Us

Nancy Unger, Department Chair

Melissa Sims, Senior Administrative Assistant

408-554-4527 (phone)

408-554-2124 (fax)

O'Connor Hall