When it comes to training students for rewarding opportunities after college, “history is kind of the king.” Lafayette history majors acquire a set of skills highly valued by professional schools and employers in today's job market.
They gain a deeper understanding of the world by examining the creative, social, and human processes that have shaped it. Historians expand their mental horizons by exploring cultures very different from their own. They develop marketable skills by completing internships, engaging in study abroad, and learning how to write logical and compelling arguments. History is the investigation of the human past. To study the past does not primarily mean to master a body of established facts about the past; it means to take part in an ongoing process of discovery and analysis.
Both the College and the history department counsel history majors about potential careers and maintain large collections of literature to assist them. Majors in history develops skills that are important for further professional study and are in demand for a wide variety of jobs. Law schools recognize that the study of history cultivates the kinds of research, analytical, and writing skills that lawyers must possess, and many recent history majors have won admission to prestigious graduate law programs around the country.
The same skills have opened up opportunities for history graduates in banking, marketing, business management, public relations, and advertising, as well as in journalism and public policy.
Recent Lafayette history alumni have enrolled in graduate schools such as the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Notre Dame, and the University of Pennsylvania. Fields of study include history, law, economics, teaching, business, health & public policy, information resources, and more.
Businesses and organizations that benefit from the skills of recent Lafayette history graduates include well-known names such as BBDO, Chesapeake Energy Corp., Deloitte & Touche, Massachusetts General Hospital, Princeton University, Random House, and Teach for America. Occupations range from teaching history and organic farming to equities trading and rare books auctioneering.
The history major consists of ten history courses that must include the following:
Students who major in history and fulfill all the other requirements of the major, but who also meet the following requirements, will be recognized as having completed a Concentration in Global History: the Concentration in Global History consists of five History courses, including HIST 105, a research seminar or colloquium that focuses on global history, plus three other courses that focus on global history. Students must satisfy all of the regular requirements for the history major. Courses can count toward both the general requirements for the History major and the requirements for the Concentration in Global History.
The Minor in Global History consists of five History courses, including HIST 105, a research seminar or colloquium that focuses on global history, plus three other courses that focus on global history (see list of “global” history courses below). This minor is distinct from the History minor. Students may not double-minor in History and Global History.
The History minor consists of five History courses, including History 206 and a research seminar (course numbers 350-399).
Global History Courses
These “global” history courses focus on historical processes that transcend or connect different geographical regions of the world. Courses are classified by the department as “global” 1) if the course materials engage students with perspectives generated from different regions of the globe and 2) if the historical analysis expected in student work includes consideration of either connections between these regions, comparisons between them, or both.
HIS 105: History of the Modern World – Staff
HIS 114: Introduction to History Seminar: Food Histories – Pite
HIS 115: Introduction to History Seminar: Crusades – Goshgarian
HIS 118: Introduction to History Seminar: Cold War – Sanborn
HIS 120: Introduction to History Seminar: History in Pictures – Barclay
HIS 212: Middle East in Mind of America, America in Mind of Middle East – Goshgarian
HIS 215: History of Technology – Jackson
HIS 238: Global Stimulants – Pite
HIS 261: Making African America – Zallen
HIS 265: Modern Jewish History – Weiner
HIS 275: Crossing the Americas – Pite
HIS 276: Conquest: A History – Rosen
HIS 310: Coll: Human Rights and Modern War – Sanborn