Majoring in History
Look through an exceptionally global lens and use a variety of methods to explore your interests. As a history major, you might make a short film, write historical fiction, create a museum exhibit or collect oral histories from immigrants. Faculty have expertise in China, Japan, India, Germany, Italy, Russia, the Andes, Pan-Africa and the American West, South and New England. In your junior and senior years, you take small seminars in your area of specialization, exploring important historical texts and issues with other students and professors. The writing, speaking, thinking and research skills you gain as a history major will give you a strong foundation for a variety of pursuits. Some graduates move into high-tech companies, advertising firms and media companies. Others pursue advanced studies in history and other fields or go into teaching, law or business.
You have many opportunities to pursue your own research interests. Our challenging program and creative environment has inspired work as diverse as a cultural history of the Outer Banks at the time of the Wright brothers' first flight and a thesis on the theories and practices of non-racialism in South Africa.
International opportunities and study abroad
We encourage you to travel to do primary research for your studies. Our students have recently done work in India, Cairo, Rome, Tokyo and Berlin. Faculty have led trips to the Mexican border to study immigration and to key locations of the civil rights movement.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in History?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: When I visited, I knew instantly that this was the school for me. I was drawn to the small classes that create spaces for intellectual engagement and I love how involved the student body is in activism.
Q: Why did you decide to study history?
A: I have always been interested in it. After my first history class, "Introduction to European History" with Professor Mullane, I knew that I was going to be a history major.
Q: What types of research have you done?
A: My concentration is colonial history with a focus on the Atlantic world. I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and also was awarded a CONNSharp grant that allowed me to do research in the Barbados with Professor Wilson. This was the foundation for my thesis, "The Creation of a Brotherhood in Early British America."
Q: What are your graduate study or career plans?
A: I am taking a year off to work and then plan to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in history with a focus on comparative colonial studies. I want to teach history and continue to do historical research.
- Crime and Punishment in U.S. History
- The French Revolution
- Colonial History of North America
- The American Revolutionary Era
- "Race" in Colonial Latin America
- China's Confucian Legacy
- Reformation and Counter-Reformation
- Globalization of Urban Poverty
- South Asia in the Postcolonial World
- History of Hip-Hop Music and Culture in Post-Industrial America 1973-Present
- The USSR: 1917 to the Present
- Human Rights in China
- The Civil War and Reconstruction