History Frequently Asked Questions
What skills do I need to succeed in this major?
If you're considering a history major at CMU, you should have an interest in the past and the many ways it influences the present. The ability to think critically and independently about a broad range of social, economic and political issues will help you excel in this major. You should have strong reading, writing, and communication skills that allow you to successfully share your ideas.
How will I know if this major fits me?
If you're interested in the way the people or events have shaped the course of human history, this major is a great choice for you. As your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills improve, CMU's history major will enhance your abilities to interpret the way past and present events have formed and continue to form our future.
What can I expect to learn?
As a history student at CMU, your classes will focus not only on major events of the past, but on why those events unfolded and were decided by individual choices. You will learn how to critically evaluate and analyze historical documents, and how historians critique and present evidence - becoming fluent and proficient in both oral and written communication. Additionally, you'll learn of key theoretical concepts, which inform the discipline of history.
Will I have opportunities for internships and hands-on learning experiences?
You will be able to earn internship credit and design a special problems course. Internships are designed to give you practical experience working in a government or non-profit, history-connected job. The special problems course gives you the opportunity to pursue subjects you're interested in that aren't offered or covered in regular coursework.
What are CMU history majors saying about their experience?
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What are CMU students who graduated with this degree doing now?
With a degree in history from CMU, you will be prepared to enter into careers in museum operations, business management, interest group advocacy, consultancy, and public service at the national, state or local level. The history major is often used as the preliminary step toward professional training in law, library science, theology, or graduate study. A history emphasis is sought after in many areas of industry, commerce, government and academics.
Who can I speak with for more information about this major?
For additional guidance and information about the history major, contact CMU's Admissions Department at 660-248-6251, toll-free at 877-CMU-1854, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read more about this major, visit our Major Resources page provided through CMU's Career Development Center.