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History

WHY STUDY HISTORY? BECAUSE IT’S FASCINATING AND WORTHY. BECAUSE THE GREATEST NOVELISTS IN THE WORLD COULDN’T CRAFT A NARRATIVE AS COMPELLING AS THE TRUE STORY OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. BECAUSE STUDYING THE PAST GIVES YOU SKILLS – LIKE WRITING, RESEARCH AND CRITICAL THINKING – THAT FUTURE EMPLOYERS DESIRE.

EXPLORE THE PAST

Major in history and you’ll open the door to unlimited career options. Employers in every field seek out people who have special 
insights into history, culture and behavior. At ONU, we’ll expose you to many possible career paths and help you find the one you’re passionate about. Maybe that is a career teaching Social Studies or adding a minor like Public History/Museum Studies.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our history students co-author papers with their professors and serve in student government. They study abroad and intern at national museums. They travel to New York for the Model UN program, head up student organizations, and present their research at regional and national conferences.

Here, you won’t be a face in the crowd. You’ll be part of a close-knit family. From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by a faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated and distinguished professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

You’ll arrive on campus as a student, but you’ll leave a seasoned professional. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds – whether it’s attending graduate school or embarking on a career. The field is truly wide open!
 

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

BE STRATEGIC

As a history major, we recommend that you complete at least one internship. But some students complete more than one to explore different career options and build their résumés. We’ll help you land a strategic internship geared toward your future. Our professors have national and international connections that lead to cool opportunities at places like the Smithsonian Museum, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the Carnegie Museum.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine studying abroad in England, China, Colombia, France, Korea, Ghana or Russia. Or participating in the Democratic or Republican National Convention. Or heading off to New York to compete in Model UN against college students from across the U.S. Or traveling with your professors – all expenses paid – to a major U.S. city to present your joint research findings. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.



THINK SUCCESS

ELIZABETH DRUMMOND BA WITH A MAJOR IN HISTORY ’07

From the halls of Hill building, to the halls of Congress, on to the Houses of Parliament, my roots at ONU are truly my foundation. The most important thing I learned at ONU was to pursue my passions – both inside and outside the classroom. After four years at ONU, I was prepared to take on any professional or practical challenge in any corner of the world.

Elizabeth Drummond, a history major, says her ONU professors helped her to pursue her unique interests. She became involved in many campus extracurricular activities, and she participated in the Washington Center program that enabled her to engage in internships and academic seminars in the nation’s capital. After graduating from ONU, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and the United Kingdom House of Lords while completing a master’s degree in public policy at the London School of Economics. Today, she’s the government affairs manager for Bloomberg L.P. in London.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Our students garner national honors like the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, given to just 10 undergraduate history majors across the U.S.
  • In the past five years, our Mock Trial team garnered 45 individual or team awards at various competitions in the Midwest, while our Model UN team has recently earned honorable mention and outstanding position paper awards in regional and national competitions.
  • In the last five years, 94 percent of our graduates were either employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • Our history majors get accepted into top-notch graduate and law programs, including Boston College, Georgetown University, Loyola University of Chicago, Ohio University, Western Michigan University and Ohio State University.

COURSES

Here are some courses you’ll take as a history major:

  • Public History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Military and Society
  • Sport and Society
  • Hitler and Nazism
  • Digital History
  • Football History

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Anthropologist 
  • Diplomat 
  • Editor 
  • Government intelligence analyst 
  • Historic preservation specialist 
  • Historic site administrator 
  • Journalist 
  • Librarian 
  • Lobbyist 
  • Market research analyst 
  • Museum curator 
  • Research assistant 
  • Writer/author

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent history graduates have ended up: Smithsonian, Ohio Historical Society, National Archives

Department of History, Politics, and Justice

Dorothy Brown

419-772-2090
d-brown.5@onu.edu
Hill 204
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed