The history curriculum prepares cadets for graduate schools of history or government, and for occupations including law, business, politics, government service, and the armed forces. The curriculum, with proper electives, meets the requirements for admission to outstanding schools of law and graduate programs in business administration and management, as well as history.

History majors receive training in the natural sciences, mathematics, literature, and foreign language. History courses emphasize an understanding of developments and problems, and give attention to social, economic, and cultural phenomena, as well as political and constitutional problems. 

A special concentration in military history is available.

Opportunities for Graduate Study in History as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces
History majors commissioning in the armed forces have several options for postgraduate education.  The Army will send junior officers on active duty (usually captains) to graduate school in history in preparation for a tour as instructors at the Military Academy; the Air Force has a similar program. 

Reserve officers in any branch can attend graduate school full time while drilling as a member of a reserve unit.  The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps have commissioning programs in conjunction with attendance at law school; cadets should consult service recruiters for details.  

 History Department Work For Grade Policy 


Cadet Explores Primary Source

Lt. Col. Brad Coleman and J. P. Hansen examine a source for Hansen's honor thesis.

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Bestowing and Receiving Knowledge

Megan Scheetz '14 understands the value of study abroad, having used the past two summers to travel to India as well as within the U.S.

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Houston NPR

Historian Re-evaluates Legacy of Depression-Era Public Works

Maj. Houston Johnson, assistant professor of history, has traveled across the country, delving into archives to research the Depression-era public works initiatives that laid the foundations for America’s aviation infrastructure.

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