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History Major

Shape the future by understanding the past.

As a history major at Houghton University, strengthen your analysis, writing, research and methodology skills to prepare you for the workforce. Explore history’s larger perspective on enduring truths as you investigate questions about identity, what we believe and why.

Your history degree will help you pursue careers in law, ministry, public administration, government service, college and secondary teaching, business, international service, and more.

Charge the Courtroom

See your lessons in practice as you embark on field excursions to courtrooms and law offices throughout Western New York.

Specialized Studies

Through History faculty connections, you will have the opportunity to dive deep into Russian and Soviet studies. See your lessons come to life.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s major in History, you will become a well-versed historian as you:

  • Pursue your individual interests and shape your own program of study with guidance from excellent professors
  • Collaborate with faculty members to discover your talents and strengths
  • Engage in high-level scholarship with faculty members who hold the highest degrees in their fields and are published research historians
  • Participate in focused discussions, engaging literature and developmental writing as a part of a small class
  • Integrate your academic learning with your Christian faith
  • Prepare for secondary teaching certification, if desired. Add courses in political science and economics to your studies

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses and General Education

Degree Requirements

Meet a Faculty Member

Rigorous Research

Embark on ambitious research projects with support from faculty. They will help you translate your history lessons into practical and impactful knowledge.

Study Abroad

Broaden your horizons through study abroad opportunities. Discover the history you learn at Houghton for yourself in another culture.

Impactful Internships

Connect to both on and off campus internship opportunities with the support of Houghton’s History faculty. These opportunities will deepen your perspective and help you apply the skills you have learned.

Program Outcomes

Students earning a B.A. or B.S. in History from Houghton University are prepared for careers as:

Employment Expected to Grow 19%

for Archivist, Curator, and Museum Workers
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Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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