The Department of History at Oklahoma State University offers three Bachelor of Arts degrees. Students have a wide-variety of courses to choose from, spanning American, European, and World history.
Why study History at OSU?
- Faculty Strengths
Highly ranked faculty with a strong commitment to effective teaching and expertise in a variety of fields including the history of the American West, Native American history, Modern European, Medieval, and Middle Eastern history. Our department also has an established Public History program with particular strengths in historic preservation, museum studies, and digital history.
- Develop Broad Skills
- Learn to research, analyze, write, organize data, identify themes
- Acquire a broad social, political, and cultural understanding of the world
- Gain perspectives on how past events shape the contemporary world.
- Learn to communicate to a variety of audiences.
- Learn to understand and embrace complex solutions to difficult problems.
- Many Career Paths
- History graduates work in nearly every field: teachers, lawyers, business people, journalists, activists, writers, filmmakers, public servants.
- More than a specific major, employers want skills in written/oral communication, global knowledge, critical thinking, civic engagement —the History degree gives you all this and more!
- Famous History majors: Joe Biden, Sonia Sotomayor, Conan O’Brien.
- Visit our Careers in History page for more information.
- Student Opportunities
- Students can apply for personal desks with computers in a shared office space.
- Many department-specific scholarships.
- Opportunities to earn upper-division History credits for internships.
- Opportunities for undergraduate research.
- Student Organizations
History Club is a student organization that offers students a lively social community and way to connect with professors outside of the classroom. Events include lectures on the contemporary relevance of historical topics (elections, War on Drugs, racial justice), historical trivia nights, book sales, movie nights, career panels, field trips, etc.!
Phi Alpha Theta is an honors society that offers more opportunities for professional development
The flexibility of the History B.A. easily allows for 20+ hours of upper-division coursework in related humanities or social sciences fields, allowing students to incorporate minors and second majors.
History: Business Essentials, B.A.
The Business Essentials degree option allows students to incorporate coursework that will help prepare them for a career in business. This degree is designed to fit with the CAS2MBA program, OSU's 4+1 accelerated MBA.
History: Pre-Law, B.A.
Students interested in pursuing law school are encouraged to consider the Pre-Law degree option, which allows for coursework that helps students prepare for a career in law (I.e., Environmental Law and Policy, Agricultural Law, Courts and Judicial Process, etc.).