Program Overview

Dive 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
  • Travel the globe to places of historical interest
  • Polish your skills — and your resume — with intriguing internships
  • Join the unique HuMed program to prepare for medical school while pursuing your passion for history
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I know that I can email any professor I have and they will make time to meet with me. The professors in the English and History Departments are great because it’s so easy to tell that they are passionate about what they do.
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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


CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42-46
Program Required Courses Credits
HIS 150 - Telling Tales of the Past 3
HIS 290 - Topics in History Research Methods* 3
HIS 222 - U.S. History: Contact Through the Civil War 3
HIS 223 - U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present 3
HIS 395 - What Really Happened? Debating the Past 3
HIS 450 - Senior Capstone or EDU 498 - Secondary Internship & Seminar 3-6
History Electives - at least six elective history credits must be completed at the 300 and 400 levels; includes EDU 438 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies 15
Total 33-36
Open Elective Courses(as needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

*Students may take as many research methods courses as they would like beyond the required class, doing so is encouraged.

Students wishing to pursue teacher certification in Social Studies can complete a double major with History and Secondary Education or a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in History.

For more information, see the Secondary Education catalog page.

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

To learn more about the program see the Academic Catalog.

Changes were made to this program in an addendum to the 2022/23 academic calendar. Please see the 2022–2023 Catalog Addendum (PDF) for the most recent information. As always, it is recommended that students seek the guidance of Academic Advisors for course and program planning. In this way, you will be able to access all the most up-to-date information available.

Secondary Education Certificate

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.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their advisor.

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.


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

Career Advising

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



Our two libraries — the Ketchum Library on the Biddeford Campus and the Abplanalp Library on the Portland Campus — offer more than 135,000 print volumes, more than 375,000 e-books, and 80,000 full-text journals. As a student researcher, you have the opportunity to display your work in highly-visible exhibit space. 

Maine Women Writers Collection

As a History student, you have the opportunity to explore our Maine Women Writers Collection, which is housed in the Abplanalp Library. This one-of-a-kind collection provides a unique perspective into the literary, cultural, and social history of Maine and New England women.

Bush Legacy Collection

Our George and Barbara Bush Center presents another treasure trove of rare historic documents and artifacts. The Bush Legacy Collection houses materials related to the life of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, focusing on his family’s New England heritage.

The Randall J. Cushing Collection

The Bush Center also houses other collections of historic significance, like The Randall J. Cushing Collection of World War I and World War II Letters, which is a compilation of correspondences sent home from various soldiers to their loved ones between 1914 and 1963.

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.


  • Become a research assistant
  • Engage in your own scholarship
  • Develop skills applicable to virtually any field

Find out more about opportunities for undergraduate student research and scholarship, including the LASKA Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship funded by the New England History Teachers Association.


  • 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

Internship 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

Beyond the Classroom

Clubs and Organizations

As a History student, you have the opportunity to participate in student organizations geared toward people with a passion similar to your own, including the History Club, and — if you have a 3.1 GPA or higher in history courses and a 3.0 GPA overall — Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society.

History Student of the Year

This award is presented each spring to the most outstanding History major or minor, by faculty vote.

The Human Nature Project

The Human Nature Project is a UNE initiative to foster research and education into the interdisciplinary nexus of cognitive science and evolutionary studies. Cognitive science studies the mind and its processes. Evolutionary psychology aims to understand the human mind and behavior in the context of its biological origins. The Human Nature Project provides a platform for sustained dialog between these disciplines.