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Students at a museum gather around an ornate cross encased in glassHave you ever wondered how we arrived at this moment in time? Or, where we’re going? These are big questions for which there are no simple answers. One line of inquiry leads to another and then another, though, until understanding begins to form.

By "doing history" at UNE, you engage in this type of contemplation, developing advanced skills of interpretation, critical thinking, and argumentation. Nothing is off limits when you study history at UNE; from religion to sports, warfare to food and drink, sexuality to humor, you examine all aspects of human history.

While our special emphasis is on Modern American, European, and Latin American history, the entire world and all its periods are ours to examine. Over the course of a semester, you might learn about ancient Buddhism, modern-day Ireland, and the history of women in New England. Ultimately, we allow you the freedom to create your own area of expertise by combining a geographic area with a time period of your choice.

UNE also provides opportunities for you to visit the places around the world where history has happened and is still being made. Our History professors work with UNE’s Global Education Department to arrange visits to sites of historic significance, and to design courses that prepare you for the explorations you may conduct abroad.   

As a History major, you may pursue a career in government, education, journalism, conservation, archiving, or a variety of other fields. You may also go to law school or graduate school.

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.

We also offer a minor in History.