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Why History

Our prize-winning and internationally-recognized faculty educate students for 21st century careers. Alumni work in business, technology, journalism, law, museums, medicine, libraries, government, politics, education, and countless other areas.

History provides the intellectual and entrepreneurial tools to thrive in a world that is highly specialized and globally interconnected. Students develop the ability to write well and to interpret complex information. They can offer creative solutions to challenging problems, handle ambiguity, and work across cultures—and those are just some of the many learning outcomes that benefit history graduate and undergraduate students.

quote1These skills can take History graduates almost anywhere. Game developers, small startups, and big technology companies need not only software designers but also creative content writers. Investment firms need specialists who can analyze global trends both past and present. Multinational companies and government agencies alike demand region-specific expertise and the vision to connect local events to global shifts. Biotech firms depend upon specialists not only in chemistry, biophysics, and genetics but also in pattern recognition, data interpretation, and cultural translation.

quote2History students at the University of Utah develop these skills and build their resumes while taking advantage of internship opportunities, interdisciplinary programs, and research centers spread across campus. Some students collaborate on new ventures at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. Others sharpen their research and analytical skills by participating in oral history projects through the American West Center. Students can attend talks by world leaders from around the globe at the Hinckley Institute and the Tanner Humanities Center. Many students learn the complexities of global politics, literature, or environmental affairs through the Middle East Center, the Asia Center, and the Center for Latin American Studies. History teaching majors satisfy licensure requirements through the Urban Institute for Teacher Education.

First generation students often take advantage of these opportunities to explore their own heritage and culture. Anyone learning a second language can build on what they know through the Culture and Language Across the Curriculum (CLAC) program. And all students who already speak a second language are encouraged to apply for a FLAS fellowship.

A History major or minor can be paired with almost any other degree on campus—from theater to engineering and computer science. Double majors can even get dual credit for some courses.


Interested in what career opportunites will be available to you as a History major? Check out this list of possible careers for those who study History.


Last Updated: 7/13/19