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B.A. in History

Program Overview

Students view encased historical documentsDive into the greatest story of all time — the story of humanity. Experience the thrilling chapters of the human chronicle come to life as you earn your Bachelor of Arts in History. Discover how people made sense of their world and how their experiences, actions, and beliefs help us to make sense of ours. At UNE, you will chart a course through the past while developing 21st-century skills that prepare you for an exciting future.


Why UNE for History

Whether you’re working side-by-side with your professors as a research assistant or embarking on your own historical investigations, at UNE you’ll be making history in no time.

  • Take advantage of UNE’s impressive archival collections
  • Enjoy small class sizes and close working relationships
  • Polish your skills — and your resume — with intriguing internships
  • Travel the globe to places of historical interest
  • Join the unique HuMed program to prepare for medical school while pursuing your passion for history

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Careers

The skillset you develop as a History major includes critical thinking, communication skills, the ability to adopt different perspectives, and life skills acquired from internships and faculty/peer relationships. You might be surprised where these skills take you.

Our graduates have pursued many fascinating professions, including

  • Businessperson
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Archivist
  • Teacher
  • Artist
  • Museum Professional
  • Published Author

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.

  • 94%

    of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

  • #1

    in Maine for getting a job (Zippia, 2019)


Academics

EXAMPLES OF AVAILABLE COURSES

There are many ways you can navigate the History major. The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • History of Drugs in the Americas
  • War Letters
  • Sex and the City
  • Drink! A History of Liquid Refreshment
  • Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Terrorism in Latin America
  • Latin American History Through Film

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements. 

Secondary Education Certification

If your goal is to be a middle school or high school social studies teacher, we offer the secondary education courses you need to meet the standards for State of Maine certification (grades 7-12) upon graduation.

Pre-Law Emphasis

If you are considering law school, you should consult with faculty in the History program to design an appropriate course of study. The Pre-Law Emphasis ensures that you develop a foundation in the liberal arts that will prepare you for law school and success in the legal profession.


Meet our Faculty and Professional Staff


UNE History Students Create War Letter Exhibit

UNE undergraduate history students debuted an exhibit titled, “Write Again Soon: Letters from World War II,” at the Biddeford Campus’ Jack S. Ketchum Library. The exhibit features images and letters from World War II, with interpretive text researched and written by students. The exhibit brings to life stories found within the collection, remembering those who lived through war and honoring their sacrifice.


Experiential Learning

The History major emphasizes hands-on, real-world learning, providing you with experiences that will set you apart in numerous professional fields. You may curate a museum exhibit, conduct an independent study, or learn how to handle old documents and artifacts. At UNE, you don’t just learn history — you do history.

Internships

  • Explore career options
  • Network with professionals
  • Gain valuable learning/work experience in the field
  • Intern near campus during the academic year or in your hometown over the summer

Sites include

  • Libraries 
  • Museums
  • Politicians’ Offices
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Historical Societies
  • Law Offices

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office History contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or csimon@une.edu.


Global Education

The Cliffs of Moor in IrelandSee the World

As a UNE History major, you are encouraged not only to travel back in time but to travel all over the globe. You may study abroad during any semester you choose in locations such as Morocco, Spain, France, and Iceland. Or, you may choose from several shorter travel courses that will take you to places such as Ireland, Mexico, Italy, or Kenya.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.