Are you curious about people, events and places? Do you wonder why societies and cultures in America and across the globe are the way they are? Or maybe, you love stories and are interested in learning more about unfamiliar places, peoples and customs. If so, history is the major for you! In the history department, students and faculty are storytellers who explore the past to make sense of the present and anticipate the future. We are fascinated by stories of the human experience and we recognize that individuals, organizations, and communities in the past made decisions, participated in events, and responded to broad economic and political forces in ways that have shaped contemporary life. Like you, we want to understand how those who came before us experienced the challenges of their time so that we might better understand and anticipate solutions to the issues our society faces today.
Why Study History at Queens?
- To Engage in Conversation
History involves more than memorizing dates and names; it involves the exchange of ideas. Whether you are in the classroom or hanging out with friends at the campus coffee shop, you will engage in conversations about the past to better understand yourself, your community and your place in the world.
- To Join a Community of Scholar
At Queens, you will join a family, a community of scholars, who work, socialize and learn together. You will collaborate on research projects, support each other at conferences and may even travel abroad together.
- To Develop Abilities Essential to Life-Long Success
You will graduate with the skills every employer is demanding: the ability to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate with others to achieve shared goals. You will also come to recognize the importance of empathy and deliberation in decision-making, two skills that will help you adapt easily to unfamiliar situations and apply the innovative thinking necessary to advance in whatever career you chose to pursue.
- To Participate in Signature Program
You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of competitive programs reserved for our most talented students. History majors are routinely accepted into the Model UN program, Critical Thought Symposium, The Nobel Fellows Program, and the Honors Program.
"I attended the Oxford International Model United Nations conference with a team of Queens students. The experience and knowledge I gained has directly led to so many other wonderful opportunities, including my graduate program at Oxford [University], my previous research position at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and my ability to progress within the highly competitive Washington, D.C. nonprofit sector."
-Lindsey Collins '11
Development Manager, Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C.
As a history major, you will gain experience in a wide variety of fields through internships. Our students have interned for government agencies, financial institutions, law offices, museums, historic sites and non-profit organizations including:
- U.S. State Department
- McColl Center for Art
- The Charlotte Museum of History
- The Washington Center in D.C.
- La Galeria del Banco de la Nacion
- James K. Polk Historic Site
"I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to travel abroad to Italy. During the semester before our trip my classmates and I studied the history, culture, language, and art of Italy, so that when we arrived we knew what we were seeing and why it was important. In addition, travelling with three professors and about 20 students was such a fun way to see and experience another culture!"
- SK Ferrell, '06
Master's in Public Communication, American University Chief of Staff, NC Citizen Schools
When You Graduate
Our graduates are employed in a variety of career fields all across the country. They work as communication and human resource specialists, banking and finance accountants, sales representatives, marketing analysis and researchers, publishing editors and acquisition specialists, librarians and teachers. Others have pursued graduate study in history, law, communication, public policy, political science, and theology. These students have moved on to selective, prestigious institutions such as Duke University, Oxford University, George Washington University, Yale University, Emory University and Exeter University. You will also have the option to pursue licensure to teach history or social studies by working with our Cato School of Education.
"I really appreciate my classes during my time at Queens. They were always interesting and challenging. After my first mid-term assignments and assessments in law school, I realize how important that experience was to my preparation. My Masterworks class is probably the single reason that my Legal Research and Writing midterm went as well as it did.
- Kevin Hornik, '13, Charlotte School of Law