University of Mississippi

Majoring in History

What does it mean to major in history?

History is the study and analysis of the past. Historians strive to understand the relationship between people, events, cultures, places, and time. Historians may use their study and analysis of the past to gain perspective on the contemporary world.

Students who major in history enjoy examining the root causes and significance of world events. History majors gain a necessary perspective on the contemporary world as well as skills in analysis, research, writing, public speaking, and information organization.

Why is the University of Mississippi a good place to major in history?

The History Department is deeply involved in the activities of the African American Studies program, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Sarah Isom Center for Women’s Studies.

The Department of History sponsors the annual Porter L. Fortune Symposium on History. Recent topics have included religion in the South, gender and politics in the South, the Civil Rights movement, and the South in the Caribbean.  The Department also host numerous workshops to help History Majors in their undergraduate studies as well as planning for the future.

 What can history majors do after graduation?

Defense analysis
Law
Historical preservation
Archives management
Legislative research
Documentary filmmaking
Museum programming
Education
Foreign service
National Park interpretation
International business
Records management
Military
Real estate
Business
Government
Library services
Finance-venture capital
Banking
Health services
Marketing

 Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in history?

Department of History
310 Bishop Hall
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7148
history@olemiss.edu