HistoryCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Studying the past while preparing for the future, is what you can expect when majoring in history at Nebraska. You'll get a global perspective, as well as the knowledge, skills, and experience to understand our history; while developing a critical understanding of how the past continues to impact the present and future.

Learn from faculty who specialize in everything from ancient civilizations to modern history in:

  • U.S.
  • Latin America
  • South America
  • the Middle East
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • China
  • Africa

History courses provide you with an authentic learning experience that is engaging, interactive, and relevant.

Core classes in the major include:

  • United States or Canadian history
  • European history
  • either Latin American, Asian or African history
  • pre-1800 history

In addition, you can elect to enroll in courses such as:

  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • 19th Century America
  • United States Military History
  • Women in European History
  • The Holocaust
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval Culture
  • Digital History
  • History of Espionage


Career Opportunities

As a history major, you will receive training in careful research, critical analysis and cogent writing—that make you an attractive candidate for a wide range of career opportunities.

You will be equipped for pursuing a career in:

  • law
  • journalism
  • education
  • library
  • museum work
  • local, state, and national government
  • business, where a knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs is particularly useful

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates include:

  • Elementary Teacher, Teach for America
  • Horticulture Staff, Lauritzen Gardens
  • Insurance Agent, Banker’s Life & Casualty Company
  • Legal Assistant, Allen J Eurek & Associates
  • Medical Service Officer, US Army
  • Office Manager, Bob Kerrey Campaign
  • Police Officer, Lincoln Police Department
  • Political Consulting, Mack Course Consulting
  • Technical Analyst, Hyland Software

The NEBRASKA difference

Get To Know Each Other

We are strongly committed to our majors and offer opportunities for you to get to know your peers as well as faculty and staff in the department. 

Some of these activities include:

  • a new student pizza party and orientation session during the first week of classes
  • get togethers each semester
  • film nights sponsored by the history honorary
  • speaking events throughout the year

In addition, Phi Alpha Theta is an active student group open to all majors and hosting activities such as social events, panel discussions of contemporary issues, and a film series.

Help the Community

History Harvest is an event each fall when faculty and students work together in a community to help collect and preserve history. Past communities have included:

  • 2012, Lincoln's immigrant populations
  • 2011, North Omaha

Research Opportunities

You will also have access to research opportunities such as UCARE—where you work closely with a faculty member on a research project; the Center for Digital Humanities; Love Library Special Collections, and the Nebraska State Historical Society.


The department has an excellent national reputation in American History and is the only Ph.D.-granting history program in the state of Nebraska.

Additional areas of faculty expertise include

  • world history (focusing on Africa, Asia, and Latin America)
  • modern Europe
  • pre-modern Europe (including the ancient, medieval, and renaissance periods)

Faculty Awards and Memberships

  • 40% of faculty have won College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Awards.
  • Two faculty members have won the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA), the highest recognition for excellence in teaching in the Nebraska system.
  • In the past 3 years, 5 faculty members and undergraduate majors have won UCARE grants, which provide funding for a student to collaborate with a faculty member on a two-year research project.
  • Many of the department's majors are members of the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta.