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Department of History


History empowers you with critical skills for your future career. You’ll read and interpret primary source writing, analyze data and understand different cultures. Studying history teaches you to answer important questions and to communicate the answers effectively.

Working toward success

The world is changing quickly, and the field of history is no different. As a national leader in the field, our department helps you adapt to work in the digital age and prepares you for success in a booming creative economy.


Skills you build by studying history:

  • Analyze leadership decisions, styles and consequences 
  • Make decisions through systematic means and analysis 
  • Develop alternative ideas and debate their merits 
  • Direct both small and large long-term research projects 
  • Manage time for projects and assignments 
  • Interact and communicate effectively with a team
  • Make evidence-based arguments by conducting research 
  • Organize huge amounts of information 
  • Interpret primary source documents 
  • Prioritize information and materials for an audience 
  • Communicating ideas in easily understandable ways using written, verbal and multimedia techniques 
  • Engage in respectful and effective debate 
  • Navigate diverse cultures and histories of peoples worldwide
  • Understand that local decisions can’t be separated from global context and gain insight into how people make choices 
  • Answer questions that seem unanswerable with confidence and care. Among most important things you’ll learn is how to answer the question “Is that true?” 

I became much better as a writer at South Carolina. As a student of history, you learn the art of writing, which is incredibly valuable in medical research.

Matt McMillan (2011, B.A. history) radiation oncology resident 

Careers for history majors 

A degree in history can lead to a variety of careers. Our program will cultivate the skills and knowledge to give you a competitive edge in the following areas: 

  • Public history — museums, historic preservation, archives
  • Legal — lawyers, judges, paralegals, managers
  • Education — elementary, secondary, colleges and universities, consulting
  • Libraries and information sciences
  • Politics
  • Diplomacy and national security
  • Media and journalism
  • Writing
  • Business and management
  • Advertising
  • Public policy and public administration
  • Non-profit management and humanitarianism 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.