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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

305 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2882
Fax: 330-672-2943


The Bachelor of Arts in History appeals to individuals seeking both a well-rounded educational experience and intellectual independence. The study of history, through the emphasis on research, examination, interpretation and reflection, offers thorough training in a range of skills, including the ability to read extensively and critically; the capability to apprehend, evaluate and analyze complex evidence, arguments and opinions; the know-how to develop and present a carefully informed, reasoned and crafted argument; confident and clear oral communication skills; and the capacity to undertake independent work and manage time effectively.

Career Opportunities

Majoring in History provides a foundation for a number of careers and post-graduate programs. Traditionally, a large number of pre-law students major in history in order to benefit from the critical thinking and writing skills necessary to analyze and process evidence; then learning to make a strong case using evidence. Many teachers and librarians also major in history before attending an M.A. or M.LIS. (MLA) program. Professions within history itself have grown over the years and as states such as Ohio invest more in tourism, park systems and heritage sites these public history fields will continue to grow. Likewise, many of our students go on to national and international careers in public history. The department of History also offers a Master of Arts and Ph.D. program in History, as well as a new Master of Arts in History for Teachers.

Undergraduate majors can consider these post-graduate programs along with other nationally competitive programs to which our majors have been accepted.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students..

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Develop the ability to understand and apply a variety of basic historical methods.

2. Develop and apply the skills to conduct original historical research. Students will learn to find, use, and analyze historical evidence and communicate their findings in an effective manner.

3.Obtain historical content knowledge and understand the connectedness of historical events and the wide varieties of human experiences.

4. Understand History as a discipline based on interpretation with historical questions constantly being reframed and investigated.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

History Club, Phi Alpha Theta

Advanced Degree Programs

History: History, Public History, History for Teachers (M.A.), Art History (M.A.), Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.)