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As an AUM history major, you’ll cultivate a range of skills suitable for a variety of careers. You will also learn from one of the most academically accomplished history faculties in the Southeast; every full-time faculty member has published at least one book in his or her field, and all are active in the profession.
While many history majors go on to enjoy fulfilling careers as historians, museum archivists, documentary filmmakers or museum curators, the vast majority of history majors, according to the American Historical Association, find meaningful careers in a wide range of other fields. A history degree provides a broad skill set that makes history majors employable in almost every walk of life, as:
On our beautiful Montgomery campus, AUM students study in the shadow of the Confederacy and the Civil Rights Movement—and you’ll gain an understanding of the cultural legacy and historic relevance of both. You’ll learn to research a problem, evaluate evidence, and persuade others to accept your conclusions; these are skills that will prepare you for graduate school or the job market.
You’ll also be able to contribute to the AUM Historical Review, a student-edited journal that includes papers on world history, U.S. history or Alabama history. Movie and documentary reviews, book reviews, articles on historic sites, interviews, and oral histories are also welcome.
The AUM Department of History and World Cultures collaborates with the Alabama Department of Archives and History to provide internships for history majors. To help you pay for school, scholarships are available on a department level and at the university level.
The Know How
What you will know with a History degree from AUM
Surveys with employers tell us that writing, researching, presenting, and critical reading are important career skills for serious job candidates. You’ll start developing those and other skills as you launch a lifetime of learning.
The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.
This program will help you prepare for graduate studies—should you choose to pursue them—to advance in your career and have the best shot at advancement or leadership roles.
Through internship opportunities, study abroad, experiential learning, and professional networking opportunities, you’ll be ready to jump into the job market.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
Through classwork and internships, our graduates are well prepared to read, write, analyze, argue, prove, and respond. These skills are vital in many career paths.
In addition to university-wide scholarships, you could be a candidate for the Fair-Robinson Scholarship, the Patricia Bradley Memorial Scholarship, the Don Dodd History Prize, or the Dr. Richard Evans Morse Memorial History Prize.
With an Art History concentration, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.
Students seeking to continue their education in Law school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.
Is a Concentration in Art History right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Professor||Master’s degree||12% (Faster than average)||$80,560|
|Writer/Author||Bachelor’s degree||9% (As fast as average)||$67,120|
|Lawyer||Law school||9% (As fast as average)||$126,930|
|High School Teacher||Bachelor’s degree (with specialized studies in education)||8% (As fast as average)||$62,870|
|Producer and Director||Bachelor’s degree||24% (Much faster than average)||$76,400|
|News Analyst, Reporter, and Journalist||Bachelor’s degree||6% (As fast as average)||$49,300|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the History Degree
Bachelor of Arts in History
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, History, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.
|Course #||Course Name||Course Description|
|HIST 1060||Western Civilization to 1648||Explore competing views and voices in ancient and medieval western history that gave rise to the social and political systems, wars, economies and cultures of western civilization.|
|HIS 3020||The American Revolution||Study the events that led to the break with the mother country and the creation of an independent United States.|
|HIST 3180||World War II||Study WWII’s origins, military aspects and social, economic, political and intellectual consequences.|
|HIST 4020||The American South Since 1865||Learn about the growth and development of the political, economic, social and cultural patterns of the South since the end of the Civil War.|
|HIST 4340||Medieval England||Examine the Middle Ages in England, up to the Tudor period in 1485.|
|HIST 4924||Internship in History||Gain valuable insight and hands-on experience in a local work setting.