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Arnoldo De León Department of History

History is a very diverse field, and our department has it covered.

You can study everything from Texas, U.S. and Latin American history to military history, geography, historical preservation and the history of sports. You will also gain the communication, cultural and critical thinking skills that will prepare you for a wide variety of career fields, or go on to graduate or law school.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History
This wide-ranging degree will prepare you for careers in government or public service, archival and museum work, market research and the media. It is also excellent preparation for advancing to law school or graduate school.

B.A. in History with Secondary Teacher Certification
This degree offers the same career preparation and the opportunity to get certified to teach history at the middle school and/or high school level.

B.A. in History with Secondary Composite Social Studies Certification
The degree includes the required mix of history, geography and education courses that will enable you to teach social studies at the middle school and/or high school level.

History explains how we got to where we are today. But studying history also has many more benefits. It prepares you for traditional careers like historian, archivist, museum worker and history teacher – but it also gives you a foundation of practical skills that are important in virtually every career field. Your ASU history degree can also lead to success in business, marketing, public relations and the military, as well as seminary and law school.

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Around the Department

Take a look at some other aspects of our department that make ASU an outstanding place to study history.

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Historical Bonanza

ASU is a paradise for history buffs. Our award-winning West Texas Collection features extensive historical archives, and we have two new archive projects in the works that concentrate on World War II and the Vietnam War. The area around ASU is also full of historical sites, including native rock art and restored frontier forts.

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Internship Opportunities

Gain valuable experience as you conduct research projects with your professors, shadow local professionals and participate in our internship program. Our partners that offer internships include the ASU West Texas Collection, Historic Fort Concho, Historic Fort Chadbourne, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and Downtown San Angelo Inc.

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Fantastic Faculty

Many of our history professors have won awards for their teaching and research, as well as their books and historical articles. They have also won several large grants to fund multiple historical lecture series that featured experts from across the country. You will be learning from the best!