Bachelor's Degree Program

History majors learn to communicate effectively, think critically and research intensively—all skills that are highly valued by employers. Our history program will take you beyond the textbooks and into the real experience of uncovering the past, providing a lifelong foundation for professional success and intellectual growth.

The bachelor’s in history includes a rigorous capstone experience in which you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research using primary sources and then present your findings. Another defining aspect of our program is your experience with faculty. Not only will you get to learn from award-winning professors, you’ll benefit from their close mentorship.

With a special emphasis on America, East Asia, Europe and the North, our history program provides a solid academic foundation for students in Alaska and around the world.

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Why Study History at UAF?

If you’re looking for a more personal learning experience, the history program at UAF delivers. We offer unique opportunities for hands-on undergraduate research and we have the people to support you on your journey. Here are some of the reasons to major in history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Engage in exciting undergraduate research opportunities

  • Our history majors get to design their own primary research projects and conduct archival research using sources from a variety of historical periods. A number of our students have won undergraduate research awards that have allowed them to take their studies even further and travel to different parts of the world.

Work closely with award-winning faculty

  • Our history faculty includes internationally renowned scholars, award-winning researchers and published authors. Our professors are also accessible and highly dedicated teachers whom you’ll get to know and work closely with throughout your program of study.

Take part in campus clubs and events

  • We invite history majors to take part in the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, which is dedicated to promoting historical studies and instruction in Alaska, as well as the UAF History Club.


What Can You Do With a History Degree?

Our program is proof that earning a degree in history can lead to high-demand (and often high-paying) job opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the military, banking, business, hospital management, law, federal fishery management and much more. Others have gone on to prestigious graduate programs across the country and internationally.

History degree jobs

So what do history majors do? According to recent data compiled by the American Community Survey (ACS), nearly one in five history majors go into education—most as primary, middle and high-school teachers. Another 15% enter management positions in business, and 11% go into the legal professions (mostly as lawyers). Nearly half of the history majors identified by the ACS went on to graduate school, demonstrating that a degree in history is also a popular springboard to graduate education.

History major salary

According to the New York Federal Reserve Bank’s 2017 Labor Market study, history majors earn a mid-career median salary of $62,000 a year, which is roughly $25,000 higher than the national median salary reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Incomes will vary significantly depending on your professional field and level of education. At the higher end of the pay scale, history majors who work in managerial positions in business earn a median salary of $80,000. For those in the legal occupations, the median is $100,000. If you major in history and go into a career in education, you’re more likely to average about $47,000 in annual salary. For those in community and social services, the median is $45,000.



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