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History Program News

Check out Through the Wire, the UB history program blog.

Want to add a minor to your major?
Learn more about our minors. (Note that not all minors are possible to combine with every major.)

Thinking about law school?
Learn more about our Automatic Admit option through the UB School of Law.

Earn both your undergraduate and law degrees in a minimum of five years through the Law School Early Entry option to the UB School of Law.

Shorten your path to your master's degree.
Students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits, which apply to both the bachelor's degree in History and the M.A. in Legal and Ethical Studies. Contact us for more information or learn more about our accelerated options.

Qualify to join UB's Tau Mu chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society.

By studying the continuities that link the past to the present, you'll have a solid basis to deal with the rapid changes of the 21st century.

In addition to local history, you'll learn about American, Asian and European history, and you'll have the opportunity to take advantage of our unique specialization in public history. Through internships and independent research projects, you can apply what you've learned in the classroom to the world outside.

What Can I Do As a History Major?

An undergraduate history degree has many advantages that will help prepare students for a variety of career paths. History students hone the research, writing, analysis and reasoning skills that employers in business, government and non-profit organizations are looking for. Whether applying for jobs with large companies or starting your own business, the ability to locate resources, make a clear argument, and show attention to detail give history students an edge in a competitive labor market, and on the way toward promotions at work.

Some history students pursue the discipline professionally by completing graduate training in history or teaching; others use the degree as a springboard to law school, graduate degrees in education administration, or library science. The intellectual curiosity, global awareness and communication skills gained by history students also open the doors to careers in diplomacy and statesmanship. History students have also gone on to forge careers in tourism, professional writing and public history.

With our degree, graduates have gone on to:

Specialize in public history.

You can choose to complete the major's specialization in public history, which is the professional application of historical methods, skills, research and presentation in settings outside the classroom:

  • museums
  • archives
  • government
  • historical societies
  • living history sites
  • preservation groups
  • businesses
  • nonprofit organizations of all kinds.

The public history specialization combines standard history coursework with public history courses, seminars, independent research and an internship that allows you to gain practical experience in a variety of professional settings where historians work.