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Students often ask what they can do with a history degree besides teach. Our response is that training teachers is vitally important to the future of our nation. However, many other career paths are also available to history majors and minors.

History program faculty assist students in developing their analytical reasoning and writing skills, as well as helping them build a knowledge base – a context for understanding where they are now and where they are going. Our majors and minors may pursue careers in the mass media, marketing, advertising, diplomacy, international business, museums, corporate and non-profit research and writing, public service, the military and law.

History is more than a recitation of dates and events, although that is also important. History is a way of understanding economic expansion and crisis and the patterns of international terrorism and political violence. History teaches students to understand that the United States, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe share common experiences with economic and social change. History forms the core of our understanding of politics, law, business and war – past, present and future.

The history program has a number of courses, many of them newly created, to support career preparation in:


  Borderlands Political and Economic Relations

Students interested in careers related to Latin America/Mexico/U.S. business relations and diplomacy should consider these history courses:

  • 3301 History of Texas
  • 3355 Latin America to 1800
  • 3356 Latin America Since 1800
  • 3362 The Mexican-American in American History
  • 4302 American West
  • 4313 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • 4351 Mexico Since Independence
  • 4360 Slavery in Latin America

Another course to consider taking is Geography 3304 Regional Geography of North America.

Suggested Minors

  • Mass media (advertising and public relations specialization)
  • International business
  • Political science
  • Spanish

  American and International Business

Students interested in careers related to business, especially marketing, advertising and public relations, should consider these history courses:

  • 3307 U.S. in the Industrial Age, 1877–1939
  • 3308 U.S. Urban History
  • 3362 The Mexican-American in American History
  • 3371 Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1945
  • 3372 China and U.S. Since 1800
  • 4313 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • 4314 Historical Preservation, Research and Writing
  • 4335 Revolutionary Europe, 1789–1871
  • 4340 Globalization Since 1945
  • 4351 Mexico Since Independence
  • 4360 Slavery in Latin America

Another course to consider taking is Geography 3303 World Regional Geography.

Suggested Minors

  • Mass media (advertising and public relations specialization)
  • International business
  • Political science
  • Spanish

  Foreign Relations and Military Power

Students interested in careers related to diplomatic service and military power should consider these history courses:

  • 3305 The Era of Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 3309 U.S. in War and Upheaval, 1939–1989
  • 3337 Ancient East and West
  • 3356 Latin America Since 1800
  • 3371 Asia in the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1945
  • 3372 China and U.S. Since 1800
  • 4313 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • 4323 U.S. Diplomatic History
  • 4335 Revolutionary Europe, 1789–1871
  • 4336 Recent European History, 1871–1945
  • 4340 Globalization Since 1945
  • 4342 Dictatorship and Democracy
  • 4351 Mexico Since Independence
  • 4361 Topics in Military History

Another course to consider taking is Geography 3303 World Regional Geography.

Suggested Minors

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Political science

  Politics, Policy and Pre-Law

Students interested in careers related to politics, policy and pre-law should consider these history courses:

  • 3307 U.S. in the Industrial Age, 1877–1939
  • 3308 U.S. Urban History
  • 3309 U.S. in War and Upheaval, 1939–1989
  • 3310 U.S. Constitutional History
  • 3335 Renaissance and Reformation
  • 3336 Absolutism and Enlightenment: Europe, 1648–1788
  • 3337 Ancient East and West
  • 4314 Historical Preservation, Research and Writing
  • 4335 Revolutionary Europe, 1789–1871
  • 4340 Globalization Since 1945
  • 4342 Dictatorship and Democracy

Suggested Minors

  • French
  • German
  • Political science

  Public History

Students interested in careers related to corporate and nonprofit research and writing, museums, and urban planning/preservation should consider these history courses:

  • 2372 Introduction to Public History
  • 3302 American Colonial History, 1690–1789
  • 3308 U.S. Urban History
  • 4314 Historical Preservation, Research and Writing
  • 4302 American West
  • 4313 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • 4325 Indians of North America
  • 4340 Globalization Since 1945
  • 4351 Mexico Since Independence
  • 4371 Internship

Another course to consider taking is Geography 3304 Regional Geography of North America.

Suggested Minors

  • Mass media (convergence communication specialization)
  • Political science (urban politics and public administration)
  • Sociology