Career Opportunities for History Majors
The greatest satisfaction that serious students of history get from their work is a better understanding of the world they live in. Being well-educated is desirable in itself. Also, there are many professional opportunities open to those who have a degree in history.
- History is a fine major for those going to law school or to the seminary for theological training. Obviously, it is a necessary step toward the M.A. or Ph.D. degree for those who want to teach history at the college level.
- It is a good major for those who wish to do graduate work in the field of Library Science.
- It is a good major or minor for future writers and journalists.
- Many history majors become civil servants, working for state or federal government. Federal employment opportunities include the Foreign Service, intelligence agencies, the Census Bureau, and many other government agencies.
- History is a good major for future archival or museum employees at either the state or federal level.
- At Louisiana Tech, many Air Force ROTC cadets are history majors. Military officers must have college degrees and history is a popular choice for them. Advanced degrees are also desirable in the military. AFROTC students at Tech often begin their M.A. work while waiting for their assignments.
- Business and industry increasingly want college graduates with broad educational backgrounds. Companies will train these students in a particular specialty, but, to do so, they need employees who are well-educated and able to use the English language effectively. Some specialties suitable to history majors are credit analysts, merchandisers, employee trainers, credit officers, and sales and personnel managers.
Friends, parents, or even counselors and teachers may joke about the valuelessness of a liberal arts degree, but the fact is that liberal studies (including history) offer an excellent chance for success in the world of business and industry. Although the average graduate in liberal studies may start at a salary lower than an electrical engineer, for example, he or she will probably catch up quickly and soon surpass the more technically trained competition.
Two recent studies by major companies prove this point. Chase Manhattan Bank says that 60% of its most successful managers have liberal studies degrees. AT&T found that, after 20 years on the job, 43% of its employees with liberal studies degrees had reached top-level management positions. Only 32% of employees with business degrees and 23% of engineers reached a similar level of corporate success.
Activities and Features
The Department of History sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society. Membership requires an overall grade point average of 2.75 and a grade point average of 3.01 in history courses. This chapter is very active and has repeatedly won prizes in national competition.
The Garnie W. McGinty Chair of History, endowed in 1977 by Dr. G. W. McGinty, former head of the History Department, is occupied by an outstanding member of Louisiana Tech's history faculty. Through the McGinty Trust Fund, the department publishes significant historical works by outstanding scholars. It also sponsors visits by guest speakers of national and international reputation.
For those students wishing to pursue work beyond the undergraduate degree, the History Department offers a fine opportunity for graduate study through its Master of Arts degree. There are two programs at the master's level: the non-thesis plan is appropriate for those students who consider the M.A. as the terminal degree. The thesis plan is more suited to those who will continue graduate work beyond the M.A.
The History Department prides itself on the close relationship between its faculty and students. Faculty members consider their primary function to be to instruct and assist history students in the best possible manner.
The History Department awards both undergraduate and graduate scholarships to outstanding history majors on a competitive basis.
Curriculum for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in History
Requirements for a Major:
Thirty semester hours in history constitute a major in the Department of History. Every history major must have a minor, normally twenty-one hours in a related field, chosen after consultation with the department head and, if necessary, the head of the department in which the student wishes to minor. Each history major will consult with his or her advisor during each registration period and throughout the term as the need arises. This program leads to the Degree of Bachelor of Arts.
- English (GER/not less than 6 hrs)
- Mathematics (GER/not less than 6 hrs)
- History 101, 102 (6 hrs)
- Speech 110 or 377 (3 hrs)
- Foreign Language* (9 hrs)
- English 201, 202 (6 hrs)
- History 201, 202 (6 hrs)
- Foreign Language* (3 hrs)
- Sociology 201 (3 hrs)
- Geography (3 hrs)
- Science (GER/6 hrs)
- Art 290, or Music 290, or Speech 290, or Health and Physical Education 280 (3 hrs)
- History (300 or 400 level courses) (9 hrs)
- Science (GER/3 hrs)
- Political Science 201 and any other Political Science (6 hrs)
- Minor (9 hrs)
- Economics 215 (3 hrs)
- History (300 or 400 level courses) (9 hrs)
- Geography (3 hrs)
- Minor Subject (12 hrs)
- Electives (6 hrs)
Total Semester Hours: 120 (beginning Winter Quarter, 2010-2011)
*Twelve (12)-hour foreign language requirement must be in the same foreign language.
Requirements for a Minor in History:
History 101, 102, 201, and 202, plus nine hours of advanced history (300- or 400-level, usually taken during the junior and senior years) constitute a minor in history. All courses applied toward the minor must be completed with the grade of "C" or higher.
Requirements for an Interdisciplinary Minor in Cultural Resources:
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Cultural Resources is a program of study in material culture and folk culture, combining courses in Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, and other related fields. Course offerings cover content, theory, method, and techniques of research, documentation, and preservation. This minor is well suited for students who wish to enrich their personal background in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, or wish to prepare for careers or post-graduate study in arts and culture administration, museum studies, applied history, historical preservation, and archives and records management.
The minor consists of 21 hours, to include a concentration in either Group I or Group II, below. A concentration must be at least 9 hours but no more than 15 hours. The remaining hours may be chosen from the opposite group and/or from Group III.
- Archaeology 401, 410, 420, 462, 463, 464, 466
- Architecture 211, 222, 231, 321, 331, 472
- Art 266, 267, 466, 467, 468, 469, 472
- English 421, 422, 470, 482
- Geography 205, 210, 290, 470, 490
- History 472, 475, 478, 483, 484, 486
- At least 12 hours must be chosen from courses numbered 300 or above.
- Hours counted toward a student's major may not be counted toward the Interdisciplinary Minor in Cultural Resources.