Undergraduate Program

FSU History undergraduate students listen to a lecture during class.

Top Three Reasons to be a History Major

#1 Reason: Historical habits of mind make for an enriched life.

#2 History is a useful degree because you leave with a skill set that can apply to any position:

  1. Effective Communication
  2. Collegial Collaboration
  3. Make decisions and solve problems
  4. Plan, organize, and prioritize
  5. Obtain and process information

#3: Studying history is a strategic investment in your future. Over a million history majors are employed in the United States and they work in education, libraries, management, legal careers, business and finance, and sales. The U.S. Bureau of Labor projects that several fields that look for History majors for entry-level positions will grow between now and 2031: management analysts - 11%; managers - 6%; secondary school teachers - 5%; elementary school teachers - 4%. Don’t take our word for it, see the earning potential of a History Bachelor’s Degree at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook.

Undergraduate Requirements

The History department offers an undergraduate major that consists of 39 semester hours. It offers an undergraduate minor of at least 12 hours beyond liberal studies requirements.

The department also participates in other undergraduate programs offered at FSU in Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Humanities, International Affairs, Latin American and Caribbean studies, Russian and Eastern European studies, and the Honors in the Major Program.

Welcome to the Florida State University Department of History. Our department is composed of a supportive and diverse community of faculty, students, and staff, and presents a curriculum supporting an astonishing array of subjects and methodologies. Whatever your interests, you will find courses and instructors to meet them. Our department is unified in its fundamental mission: to teach you how the world you live in came to be. Understanding where we have been as humans is critical to understanding who we are today and who we may become in the future.