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College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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History means to study the past, its events, people and their ideas, and how things changed over time. As a history major at Doane University, students learn how to shape their historical consciousness, and learn ways the past continuously influences the present.

Our curriculum covers the history of both Western and Non-Western cultures, from the Roman Period through to contemporary times. This approach gives students a comprehensive look at the world and the advances, struggles, and achievements humanity has completed as a whole. In our history classes, students will delve into the why's of history. Through simulations, debates, discussions, projects, and presentations, students receive hands-on insight into complex situations and raise their cultural understanding.

Students who meet specific academic requirements may gain an invitation to join the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta. New members to Doane's Delta Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta are initiated at the end of each academic year.

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One of the more common questions we receive from potential students is; what can you do with a History degree?
While many of our students pursue careers in secondary education, a number go on to law school and a variety of legal careers. Others work in the private sector or in a series of government-related career options. Recent graduates have taken their next steps to either work or continue their education at the following:

  • Parks Service
  • Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY-Oneonta
  • National Archives
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law
  • State Department
  • Yale Divinity School
  • Army/Defense Department
  • Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • University of Nebraska; Lincoln, Kearny, and Omaha
  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • Gonzaga University School of Law

Other Job Opportunities for graduates of our History program include:

Archivist, Curator, and Museum Workers
2018 Median Pay: $48,400 per year
Job Outlook: +9% from 2018-28
Archivists and curators oversee institutions’ collections, such as of historical items or of artwork. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore items in those collections.

2018 Median Pay: $61,140 per year
Job Outlook: +6% from 2018-28
Historians research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources.

2018 Median Pay: $59,050 per year
Job Outlook: +6% from 2018-28
Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use.



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Requirements for the History Major:

Complete 1 or 2

Option 1

Complete five additional elective courses in history with at least one course from each of the areas of:

Four-Year Plan

Complete three additional elective courses in history with at least one course from each of the areas of:

One additional teaching major.

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Three Year Degree Guarantee

Are you focused on your career path and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? We haven't modified what it takes to graduate with a Doane degree. Instead, we thought progressively about how you can meet graduation requirements at an accelerated pace. Save on tuition and get into the job market or graduate school more quickly while still receiving a world-class liberal arts education from Doane.

Writing and Research Seminar 

Juniors and Seniors are given semester-long assignments in accordance with their course of study. Students are able to utilize source amterials from the Doane Archives, throughout Nebraska, and beyond. Some previous projects include: 

  • A history of the Nebraska family farm
  • The history of the sugar beet in Nebraska
  • A study of the use and adaptations of hymns by Catherine Winkworth
  • An examination of the Nebraska Industrial Home in Nilford, NE

Summer Research Grant Program

Students are provided with stipends to collaborate with faculty on scholarly or creative research during the summer months. 

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