History is the study of the past with an eye to better understanding the present. Historians use many sources to learn about the past, including written documents, literature, art, and archeological remains.
With a professional degree in history, careers are possible in Teaching, Business, Government service, Library and information services, Museum administration or Advanced degrees.
Our program develops technical and managerial skills and includes traditional and nontraditional students, attending full or part-time. There is an emphasis on current technological advancements relating to computing, with instructions that include the very latest construction procedures and techniques. With many internship opportunities available students can become involved right when they begin their courses.
The department has an excellent national reputation in American History. Additional areas of faculty expertise include World History (focusing on Africa, Asia, and Latin America), Modern Europe, and Pre-modern Europe (including the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance periods). The department is also the only Ph.D.-granting history program in the state of Nebraska. Forty percent of the current faculty has won College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Awards. Two current 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 three years, five 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 Phi Alpha Theta, the History honors society, which in the past has hosted social events, panel discussions of contemporary issues, and a film series.