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Welcome!

Incorporating aspects of both humanities and social sciences, the History (HIS) Program prepares students:

  • to think analytically and critically about complex issues;
  • to work collaboratively when asking questions and solving problems;
  • to communicate effectively about the stories of the past and present;
  • and to apply these skills in a variety of job opportunities.

Students work closely with award-winning faculty to complete a curriculum tailored to individual interests and goals, with opportunities for independent research, study abroad programs, and internships.

Catching up with current student...

Jack Siebenaler, History Major

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I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I am currently a junior at NKU. My majors are in History and Anthropology, with minors in Religious Studies and Region Studies: Middle East and North Africa. My academic interest is on the history and cultural impact of religion in the regions of the Middle East and North Africa. I am currently working on an independent research project about the Amazigh people of northern Africa and their relationship with Abrahamic religions and colonialization thanks to the Department of History at NKU. 

My favorite course so far has been "History of Modern Africa" with Dr. Reynolds. I learned so much about a history which is not commonly or properly taught in high schools. Dr. Reynolds helped reshape my perspective of history with this class and how the modern world is still impacted by what happened in Africa from CE 1500-1800. My other favorite class is the "History of the Middle East and North Africa" with Dr. Vance-Eliany.

My major and minors are going to help me tremendously in the future. Since arriving at NKU, I have discovered that I love research, and I am planning to attend graduate school in the future to continue to research the history of my region of interest so that one day I can teach and impact others just as the professors in the Department of History have affected me. 

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History Major Career Paths
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A history degree opens doors to satisfying careers in a variety of fields in both the public and private sector, including jobs in business, education, law, and with local and federal governments.
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History major Trey Underwood discusses the impact his major has had on his life and time at NKU.

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A Wall Street Journal feature on the value of a humanities degree like history.


Whether you are interested in studying United States or world history, religious or environmental history, ancient or modern history, we've got you covered!

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Catching up with current student...

Elena Bonitz, History Major

Honors Minor

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When it came to choosing a college major, I never really had to think too hard. I have always been a bit of a history buff and to have the chance to turn a passion into a college career was an opportunity I could hardly refuse. After three years here, I can truly say that it was a great decision. One of my most memorable courses through the department was "Let's Make Some History: The United Fruit Company." This course alone introduced me to independent research, as I contributed to our digital archive, and allowed me to present at my first conference (The Celebration of Student Research and Creativity). I did all this just in my second semester at NKU. The Department of History has been the ever-supportive backbone to my scholarly
career here. In the future, I hope to become a historian and a professor, a want that has only been further solidified by the wonderful faculty and staff of the department. History is in my blood at this point, and I intended to stay with it for a long time coming.

Catching up with current student...

Lorel Burgess, History Minor

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My name is Lorel Burgess and I am a creative writing major in the English department with a History minor. Taking a path through history with the focus has been a great way to explore many different classes, my favorite being "History's Mysteries" with Prof. Rebekah Richardson. In this class, we were able to explore niche parts of history through the lens of, sometimes, really creepy events and places, including Easter Island, the "real" Shakespeare, and Dyatlov's Pass. This class, and the others I have been lucky to take in the department, have helped in many aspects of my life, especially in my writing. Many of my story, novel, and script ideas have stemmed from topics discussed in history classes. They have been, and continue to be, an incredible source of inspiration.
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Our goal is to provide students with foundations for fulfilling lives and careers of discovery and creativity.

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Need more information? Contact us!

Academic Advisor, History

Rebekah Richardson
440 Landrum Academic Center
richardsor5@nku.edu | (859) 572-5374

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