Think History is only about the past? Not here: USF’s History program offers a detailed examination of the past as a way to understand the complexities of the present and the possibilities of the future. Our curriculum digs deep to tackle pressing issues, including:
I transferred from a large university because I didn’t want to be in huge classes where the professor didn’t even know my name. Coming to USF made a world of difference! I get great advice and guidance from Dr. Jackisch. For example, he referred me to a History alum working at the ACD Museum, which led to a paid internship. I don’t think those same opportunities exist at big schools.
Sydney Shuherk ’19
Each USF History professor studies a unique discipline. This allows us to teach a wide variety of History classes, such as American Environmental History, The Cold War, Ancient Egypt, and World War II.
Our History curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts meaning you will graduate with skills employers seek most: critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, the ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team.
Core History courses offer a geographic or thematic (social, cultural, political history) focus.
History majors have access to great Internships, which can lead to full time employment. Recent examples include:
Madeleine Richey ’16 went to Uganda to study its history and to volunteer:
I told my professors that I wanted to study and work abroad, but still wanted to graduate on time. They helped me create an independent study and helped me find online courses that kept me on track.
Our annual History Speaker Series features speakers from a variety of fields. Past speakers
Expected job growth for curators, archivists, and museum workers by 2026
Median pay (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
USF History alumni work as curators, archivists, content specialists, teachers, and more, in a variety of settings, including:
Many pursue graduate degrees at Indiana University, Purdue University, Ball State University, Ohio State University, and Bowling Green State University.