Combine valuable skills and creativity
History may take inspiration from the past, but here you do history.
Scour primary sources. Excel at organizing, scheduling and keeping notes. Develop a research project that will lead to graduate school or a promising career right after graduation. Travel to conferences to present your work. Explore local historical sites. Work both with antique sources and the latest digital technology.
Do it all—here.
Debate issues from various perspectives. Find your place in the world while acquiring 21st-century skills relevant to many careers.
History majors are preparing to:
- Practice law
- Direct financial institution
- Work in higher education
- Pursue graduate degrees
- Work in museums
- Run a company
See history in action
Connect with people, and hear their personal history and how they fit into the larger historical narrative. Our students regularly have internships at renowned museums and libraries—both domestic and international.
We offer a diverse selection of courses, covering every continent and studying topics as varied as gender, medicine, hip hop, clothes, war, race, revolution, movies, food and many other things you might not expect in a history class. Adding a second major or minor is easy and broadens options for your future. And our interdisciplinary minors, like museum studies and africana studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.
A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.
Here are some of the courses that history majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.
- American Dream$
- Europe since 1648
- African Civilization
- Latin America, 1825-Present
Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.
Recent graduates have worked at:
The Hershey Story Museum
Johns Hopkins University
LeggMason Asset Management
Library of Congress
National Park Service
New York Yankees
Pennsylvania Department of State
U.S. Court of Appeals
White House Historical Association
Who Do You Think You Are?
Recent graduates have been enrolled in programs at:
Carnegie Mellon University
The Catholic University of America
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
New York University
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
The University of Chicago
The Univerity of Delaware
The University of Maine
The University of Texas
average number of students in upper-level classes6
GO trips run by history faculty7682
miles traveled for conference presentations last year
Not interested in teaching?
How do the skills you learn as a history major prepare you for your future?
An ability to analyze, problem solve and express yourself is useful in any career. About half of our students go on to non-traditional careers for history majors. We have alumni working for Homeland Security, in the finance and banking sectors, as writers and librarians, and even as a radio personality!
Many of our graduates go on to become amazing teachers. But if teaching isn't for you, we can help you find another path.