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The work of a historian is to reconstruct and analyze the past, using texts, artificats, and images that exist today.  Through the study of the past, we come to understand our present and can help shape the future. Historians are story tellers, writers, and leaders. A history degree from Wayne State College will prepare you to read sophisticated texts and produce quality writing - a highly-sought skill for employers.  Graduates of our history degree program understand the political, social, and intellectual past that brought us into the modern world.  Because history gives you a broad, solid foundation, your career opportunities are countless. A history degree will prepare you well to face the future in a wide variety of career paths. You could teach, work in a museum, go on to study law, or even find success in business.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.


Hours required:
For major: 36
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120


Popular minors: Political Science, Geography, Criminal Justice, Journalism, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Sociology, Social Sciences


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: History, Politics, and Geography

History Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree in history.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • World cultures, civilizations, and geography
  • American history, culture, and government
  • Development and achievements of the American Civil Rights Movement
  • Events and history of the 20th century
  • Ancient Greek and Roman history
  • Renaissance and medieval European history
  • Indian history
  • History of Native American civilizations
  • Geography and history of Nebraska
  • Cultural and global awareness
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research and writing techniques
  • Oral and written communication
  • Time management 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Public historian
  • Research specialist
  • Preservation specialist
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Public policy analyst
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Tour guide
  • Librarian
  • Park ranger
  • Documentary editor
  • Writer / author

Employers

Employers

  • Museums and galleries
  • Historical societies
  • Conservation societies
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • National parks
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Libraries
  • Law firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Think tanks

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Student Activities for History, Geography and Political Science Majors

Opportunities

  • Contribute to a cause – Help promote historical awareness, civic engagement, diversity, and opportunity through Multicultural Affairs and events like Constitution Day and the voter registration drive.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Internships

Internships

Before graduating with your degree in history, you’ll have a chance to work with area public agencies to help gain some field experience. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

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