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Charles MacKay
phone: 304-293-9428

program contact

Charles MacKay
phone: 304-293-9428

Program Details

Program Description

The History program provides majors with a solid liberal arts education. In the department, a wide range of courses focusing on a variety of world regions, time periods, and topic areas are offered. While receiving broad training in several regions and periods, a history major has the opportunity to develop excellent research skills to use in writing papers, examining social issues, and solving historical problems.

Opportunities are available for students to further their interest in history. Majors may qualify for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary.

The Department of History now offers a history honors thesis option for qualified history majors.

Career Profile

The bachelor of arts with a major in history provides students for a wide range of career options including traditional fields such as teaching, government and military service, public history, and graduate work in history, law and related social sciences and humanities. The skills developed by history majors contribute to career success in business administration, management, sales, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental agencies, politics and as leaders in public and private entities.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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