History is integral to a liberal arts education and provides a framework for all other academic disciplines. History’s emphasis on inquiry and research makes it one of the most practical disciplines as well as a critical component of a well-informed citizenry. People who acquire knowledge of the past enhance their understanding of the world in which they live today. The discipline of history is predicated on developing research skills, conducting rigorous analysis, and synthesizing findings into meaningful communication. These skills offer students excellent preparation for professional development. Through the collegial practices of reflection and exchange, the study of history also enriches the intellect. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore History at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in any 100- or 200-level HTY courses:
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, History Club or Alpha Iota Omicron – UMF’s Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society)
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in History? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes! UMF has a minor in History and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to History include other social science majors such as Political Science and International & Global Studies. Also, many students major or double-major in Secondary Education Social Science.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Division Chief of NCIS, Peace Corps, TEFL Teacher, Assistant Clerk at State of Maine, Communications officer at a private University, Director of Residential Life at Boston College, Staff Attorney at Maine PUC, Portfolio Manager at FWDSL & Associates LP, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Communications Project Manager at Bates College, Assistant Director of Employer Development, Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse Director/Head Coach Gould Academy, Assistant Director of Admissions at University of Maine at Farmington, District Director of Maine’s 2nd District, President at Evolution Enterprises LLC, Library Staff at Dartmouth College, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Archivist, History Teacher, Historian, U.S. Marshall Service/Special Agent, Detective/State Trooper, Insurance Underwriter, Entrepreneur, Curator, Lawyer, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Michael Schoeppner, Roberts Learning Center, michael.schoeppner@maine.edu, 207-778-7456.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office). A C- or higher is required in all HTY courses.

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