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Elmira College’s History program will prepare you to be a critical reader, writer, and thinker. The History department strives to ready you for any career that you will encounter throughout your lifetime.
Elmira College’s history program emphasizes a broad knowledge of the people and cultures of the world; providing the universally applicable skills of critical thinking, persuasive writing, original research, and the blending of traditional and innovative techniques in research technology.
History is not merely something we study, it is something we live and something we make. The study of history equips students with analytical skills and research techniques of immense practical and vocational value. That's why we integrate the practice and theory through internship opportunities in museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, governmental agencies, and at historic sites, laying the foundation for future careers.
After graduation, many Elmira College History majors go on to graduate studies in highly competitive programs, such as Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) in Museum Studies; while others embark on successful careers in museums, government, law, non-profit organizations, education, and business.
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Our program is flexible, allowing you to select the courses that fit your interests within American, European, and Asian history.
The skills you will acquire as a History major provide you with a foundation for a variety of career paths.
History majors have many internship opportunities that will prepare them for future careers.
Our History faculty engage students in a program that can appeal to a variety of academic interests, and work with them in upper level courses to conduct advanced research.
Do you have questions about the History program? Please contact us.