History | Major & Minor
A degree in history allows a student to expand critical thinking and writing capacities while gaining a new understanding of the events that shaped our past and present. Working with instructors at the forefront of their research fields, students may cast a wide net to explore the histories of Africa, the Ancient World, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Or they may elect to focus on a single region of particular interest.
History students have the opportunity to engage in individually tailored research through independent study, the required major seminar, and the Honors Program. They also may pursue a variety of internships at local museums, city departments, and national historic landmarks, among others. Qualified students may join Omega Tau, the international history honors society, which sponsors a variety of awards.
Trinity history alumni have gone on to careers in law, teaching, medicine, and business as well as social work, writing, government work, and public service. Some pursue graduate studies in history and other disciplines.
Those looking for an in-depth study of history but whose primary interest lies elsewhere may complete a history minor.
The Department of History maintains small class sizes because we believe history is best taught as a conversation between faculty and students. Our classes, even those at the introductory level, generally are structured around discussions of primary historical documents and stress solid writing skills.