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.

 There are many job opportunities under the umbrella of this major. Depending on what type of career you choose might --

• Analyze relations between the United States and foreign countries

• Use qualitative sources, such as historical documents, to develop theories

• Use quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, to test theories

• Evaluate the effects of policies and laws on government, businesses, and people

• Work for local, state, or federal government agencies

• Manage non-profit or non-governmental organizations 

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics groups job options for this major under “Social Sciences and Related Fields.” That confirms that there are all kinds of choices out there. Job growth ranges from 10% to 14% per year.


Yearly earnings vary widely. Again from the U.S. BLS, here are some examples: federal executive branch jobs, $83,000; colleges and universities, $60,000; research and development, $94,000; state government, $65,000.

Educational Qualifications

The HIRPP major will help many graduates get entry-level jobs. However, students should expect to complete graduate work, probably in a specialized sub-field, to further their opportunities. 

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


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

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