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College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

How does the past affect the present? St. Kate's history major spans ancient history to the traditions of the 21st century. You'll learn about people, places, and events around the globe, all while acquiring strong critical thinking, writing, and research skills for a broad range of professions and graduate school.

Program Details

Take 32 credits per year to finish your history degree in four years.

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Dive Into History Through Research and Internships

St. Kate's history program broadly educates you in the history of Europe, the United States, and Asia through five required courses, after which you are free to design your program by choosing at least four upper-level courses in subject areas that interest you.

In your senior year, you will discuss historiographical methodology with peers, complete a substantial historical research project using primary and secondary sources, and present your research to the University community.

The Minnesota Historical Society — which houses a state-of-the-art research facility and visitor-friendly museum — offers internship opportunities for students, and is located just minutes from our St. Paul, MN campus. There are also several city and county archives and historical museums in the area.

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With a degree in history from St. Kate's, you'll be aptly prepared for many careers. As a historian, you can work in

  • archives, libraries, museums, interpretive centers
  • national and state parks
  • state and federal agencies
  • cultural resource management
  • historical research firms

Some historians form their own businesses to share their research, writing, and critical thinking skills with government and private-sector clients. St. Kate's history major also offers an ideal foundation for students who want to continue on to graduate-level or professional programs.