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History (B.A.)

Why History?

History asks us to not just “look backward,” but elevates us to a vantage point from which we view all human experience—past, present, and future.  History is not just dates and facts, but is the cornerstone to a liberal arts education in which students will develop useful skills including critical thinking, source analysis, and research and writing skills, thus linking history and other liberal arts courses together in meaningful ways.

For most students interested in majoring in history, the most crucial question remains, "What is the job outlook for a history major?" The answer is that students may pursue careers in many fields, including

Historians as Educators

Secondary Schools

Postsecondary Education

Historians as Informaton Managers

Archivists/ Librarians

Records Managers

Political Think Tanks

Historians as Educators

Secondary Schools

Postsecondary Education

Historians as Researchers

Historic Sites and Museums

Historical Organizations

Cultural Resources Management

Historic Preservation

Historians as Advocates

Lawyers and Paralegals

Litigation Support

Legislative Staff Work


Historians as Communicators

Writers and Editors


Documentary Editors

Media/Entertainment Consultants

Businesses and Associations

State Government Historians

Federal Government Historians

Corporate Research Historians

Historians in Nonprofit Associations

Median Pay*

  • Legal Occupations: $80,810
  • Media & Communications: $57,530
  • Education: $49,700

*Occupational Outlook Handbook

Why History at SWOSU?

Our history professors have a large range of expertise, offering a variety of courses that include U.S. History from colonialization to the Cold War and European history, as well as specialties in American Indians, the American South, Women’s history, and U.S. Diplomatic History. Our History majors and minors benefit from the skills acquired in our courses: primary research, critical analysis, and writing and presentations.

 Our program provides:

  • One-on-one advising
  • Research skills
    • Writing History
    • Presentations at campus-hosted events and conferences
  • Internships
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Graduate school preparation

In short, you will get to know us rather well.


Student Activities

Traveling to Academic Conferences


Academic conferences are usually annual events where faculty and students gather to discuss their research.  Conferences can be national or regional, broad or topic-specific.  Papers or projects you develop in class can be presented to audiences with the assistance of your professor.

If you considering graduate school, working in museums, with the public, or law school, it’s a great way to work on presentation skills.


Every year, Phi Alpha Theta members attend the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference here in Oklahoma. The group also attends the national conference every other year in various cities across the United States.


Check with your professor or advisor for information on upcoming conferences.  We can often provide funding for student research activities.