At Southwestern, our students are encouraged to not only learn about history, but to actively shape and define it. With a highly interactive curriculum supported by exceptionally engaging professors, students develop their critical thinking through tools and practice that ready them for all walks of life.  Our courses are designed to help develop a broad and applicable understanding of the sweep and span of the globe’s historical, cultural, and governmental realities. We shed new light on the world’s current events by studying its origins in history, politics, and society, granting students the ability to not only anticipate what may come, but influence the outcome.

Teaching is the obvious job people associate with a History degree, but the opportunities are much broader than that. History serves as a great background for jobs in journalism, libraries, public service, public policy, politics, or private business. You may want to pair a History degree with another discipline to open even more doors.

Job Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for people with History degrees to increase 11% by 2018. Unemployment for people with History degrees has been about 6.5% in the early 2010s, compared to a national average of 8%. College gathering. com reports that the outlook is particularly good for people who can marry the research and analytical skills of history to other jobs.

Earnings will vary by job and region. However, here are some earning ranges for a variety of careers: high school history teacher, $30,000 to $63,000; lawyer, $43,000 to $116,000; paralegal, $27,000 to $70,000.

Educational Qualifications
A history degree will help many graduates get entry-level jobs. However, pairing the degree with a graduate degree will usually bring higher rewards. Some careers, such as being a lawyer or teaching in college, mandate graduate degrees.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.


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Department of History & Social Science


Highly versatile, a degree in history or social science grants you the intellectual tools you need to succeed not only as a social studies educator - a profession that is currently growing at 13% per year in the U.S. - but as a public servant, a politician, a government worker or an expert in public policy, diplomacy, non-profit and non-governmental organizations and more.


  • Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Author 
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Editor

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Faculty Profiles

Steve Jones, PhD

History & Social Science
Professor and Department Chair

Elizabeth Bowser, MA

History & Social Science
Assistant Professor