History | AUM


Program Description

As an AUM history major, you’ll cultivate a range of skills suitable for a variety of careers. Studying in the shadow of the Confederacy and the Civil Rights Movement, you’ll gain an understanding of the cultural legacy you’ve inherited from both — and from the rest of the world too. You’ll learn to research a problem, evaluate evidence, and persuade others to accept your conclusions — skills that will not only prepare you to be a professional historian, teacher, archivist, museum curator, or historical consultant but also equip you to be a writer, editor, journalist, lawyer, public relations specialist, business administrator, foreign service officer and more.

Points of Pride

  • The AUM History Department offers courses that cover the gamut of historical inquiry; by time (ancient to the present), by place (Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas), and by topic (Politics, Economics, Culture, and War).
  • AUM’s history students enjoy opportunities to earn scholarships and participate in a range of professional activities, most notably the AUM Historical Review, an annual journal written and edited entirely by history majors.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A degree in history will prepare you for a wide variety of jobs in education, cultural institutions, private business, and government. Job growth from 2014 to 2024 for all the life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to be 7 percent, about as fast as average. The most recent date for the median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $61,450 —higher than the $35,540 median wage for all occupations.

U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data


Median Pay

Job Growth through ​2024

Post Secondary Teachers

$70,790 per year

13% (177,000 more jobs)


$55,870 per year

2% (100 more jobs)

Archivists and Curators

$46,300 per year

7% (2,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of History and World Languages & Cultures 
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 348

Soaring Warhawks            

  • Carl Whatley is the co-founder and general manager of Vitruvius Therapeutics, LLC.
  • John R. Roach served four years as a justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas, sixteen years as a judge in Collin County, Texas, and was named 2008 Lone Star Prosecutor of the Year by the Texas District Attorneys Association.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the History major includes:

Course subject areas


Geography or Anthropology

Political Science

Foreign language

Two courses in fields other than European or United States history — choose from Latin America, Asia, Africa;  European history; American history; Historiography (writing intensive); Historical methods (writing intensive)