Your Future In History

No matter your career path, you can benefit from majoring in history or taking history classes as electives because of the understanding and perspectives you gain. Advertising firms, historical societies, museums, libraries and publishers are potential employers of students with history backgrounds. Our alumni include:

  • Archivists and museum curators
  • Consultants for the CIA and the Department of Defense
  • Deans, program and department chairpersons, and faculty members at major universities
  • Environmental historians for the National Park Service
  • Lawyers
  • Teachers

If you plan to be a professional historian or teach at a university, you'll need to earn a master's or doctoral degree.

What we offer

Our curriculum helps you achieve a better understanding of current events and a better appreciation of architecture, art, ideas and politics.

Course offerings range from American political and constitutional development to ancient and modern Europe to modern China. Some courses are available online. As you progress toward your degree, you can focus your studies on U.S., European/Western or non-Western history.

Our department also offers:

  • Minors in African American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Jewish Studies and Mexican American Studies
  • Course work for the Social Science major with history as a leading subject
  • Courses that prepare you for teacher certification

The History Help Center and the Kingsbury-Thomason Departmental Library can assist you with preparing for exams and writing papers. Other vital on-campus resources are the Military History Center and the University Libraries.

You may receive additional learning opportunities by attending any of the annual symposia and events hosted by the department or by getting involved in the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. UNT's Phi Alpha Theta chapter has been recognized as Best Chapter multiple times by the national organization.

Our faculty members have received many awards for teaching and research. Five faculty members have been Fellows of the Texas State Historical Association, recognized for their published works related to Texas history. In addition, faculty members have received Professing Women awards and published dozens of award-winning books. They conduct research on:

  • African American history
  • Ancient Rome
  • Gender studies
  • Mexican American history
  • Middle East
  • Modern Germany
  • Napoleonic France
  • Texas
  • 20th-century China
  • U.S. and European military history

Several scholarships for history majors are available to help you pursue your degree. Information about these scholarships and deadlines is at our website.

What to expect

You'll complete 12 credit hours of core history courses and 18 credit hours of advanced work in a specialized area (U.S. history, European/Western history or non-Western history). At least one course will be taken in each of the two areas outside of your specialization.

The Career Center, the Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.