MAJOR: HISTORY
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When students choose to study history they open doors to a great variety of course offerings. Between 50 and 60 department historians list courses that range through the areas of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States, and encompass varieties of cultural, political, social, economic, gender, and foreign relations history. History majors, of course, may choose to specialize in particular clusters of courses but overall what distinguishes the The University of Texas' history program is its breadth of offerings.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a History major must first meet with a History advisor. There is no formal application process. However, the History Honors Program and the UTeach Liberal Arts Program do have special requirements.

For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the History degree plan to view all required courses for the History major in the College of Liberal Arts. View course descriptions of current History courses.

Specializations

The History major does not require any specialization although a student has the option of taking up to 18 credit hours in one geographic area and might choose a minor in a related field of study. Students wishing to receive their teaching certificate for grades 8-12 will complete the UTeach History or Social Studies program. The History Department offers two special programs, the History Honors Program and Normandy Scholar Program. History Honors Program is by admission only and is for outstanding students who complete a senior thesis. The Normandy Scholar Program is also by admission only and is open to all university students who wish to participate in a semester of World War II historical studies culminating in an abroad experience in Europe.

Personality

Students well-suited for this major find looking into past people, places, and events intriguing. They find it hard to pass up historical markers, movies, documentaries, or books about fascinating times that have been recorded or still need to be recording. History majors tend to list "reading," as one of their hobbies. Students often have an interest in traveling or at least traveling through the written word. They enjoy learning about the past and re-telling stories. There is no typical career for History majors, you can find them everywhere in life because they gain skills which are transferable to any industry or job that requires reading comprehension, thorough research, and oral or written analysis and communication.

Skills

  • Substantial skill in reading and writing
  • Interest in the study of history
  • Organized and self-disciplined
  • Self-motivated and hard-working
  • Ability to conduct research, oral and written analysis