History Major and Minor
As a discipline encompassing every aspect of the human experience, the history degree program is essential to a liberal arts education. History majors learn to think constructively about the present by making connections to the past, and through persistent questioning of texts, convincing analytical reasoning, research skills, and effective oral and written communication.
Our history major program helps students develop an understanding of the complex factors that have produced the civilization and conditions of the present century. Such an understanding is necessary for becoming responsible citizens, and provides a valuable background for many careers including government service, law, education, library science, business, journalism, and the arts.
The history minor is an excellent complement to many majors, because the systematic study of the past helps students develop a deeper understanding of the complex factors that have produced present society.
History major courses allow students to study every aspect of the human experience. It both imparts information critical to a mature understanding of the past and develops proficiencies in the arts of inquiry, such as analytical reasoning, research skills, and effective oral and written communication. It involves students with their teachers in a rigorous process of investigation, discovery, and mutual endeavor.
Typically attracting some of the University's most academically talented students, the history major at Pepperdine promotes an expansive range of mind, confidence to anchor opinions in deep understandings of human behavior, and courage to approach even exceptionally entangled problems. Students learn to think constructively about the present by making connections to the past, and to sustain a fertile life of the mind beyond graduation.
History's insistence on clean argumentation, persuasive analytical prose, excellence in oral disputation, and a carefully calibrated understanding of ideas, society, culture, and politics makes the history major the ideal preparation for success in any field of professional endeavor. History majors pursue influential careers in:
- Academic scholarship
- Business, marketing, and consulting
- Civil service and the military
- Federal, state, and local government
- Journalism and broadcasting
- Law and the judiciary
- Libraries and archives
- NGO advocacy
- Publishing and editing
- Teaching at all levels
Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society
The Humanities and Teacher Education Division sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history. Membership for faculty and students alike is a recognition of excellence in scholarship. At its biennial convention, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to meet distinguished historians and to present their own research papers. Members also receive the society's journal, The Historian.
Business Emphasis for History Majors
History majors interested in pursuing business careers should take certain business-related courses in addition to those required for their major. These courses should assist them in entering MBA programs or in finding employment after graduation. Copies of this list are on file in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division office (CAC 300).
Notable History Alumni
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