William & Mary

Majoring in History

History majors read intelligently, think critically, and write effectively. The course requirements for the major ensure that they explore recorded human history chronologically, and through a cultural lens. During the required Capstone Seminar, students gain experience in historical research and produce a substantial paper that grapples with evidentiary and historiographical issues at a sophisticated level.

The pursuit of history can be enriched through experience in different cultures and societies, and many history majors study abroad. Faculty advisors can help students integrate foreign study into their academic and career plans.

Entering freshmen who know they want to major in history may wish to apply to the St Andrews Program. Participants will spend 2 of their 4 undergraduate years at St Andrews College in Scotland.

History majors have established themselves in a wide variety of career fields. In addition to gaining entry to some of the nation's best graduate programs in history, many graduates have found rewarding careers in law, education, business, museums, historic sites, non-profit institutions, government, and foreign service.