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About History

The Rutgers University–Camden History major provides perspective on the present and strengthens students’ ability to read critically, think analytically, and write clearly. The mastery of these skills is essential for success in teaching, business, graduate study (including the study of law), and life as an informed citizen. Coursework is designed for students to acquire a new understanding of the historical experiences of peoples across the globe and to learn to think like historians. Students will gain historical perspective on the contemporary world while improving their ability to formulate questions and solve problems,and develop their oral and written communication skills. The History education that Rutgers–Camden provides intends prepare students to participate productively as members of a democratic society, being well-equipped to evaluate complex public affairs and contribute their own ideas to public discourse in a clear and concise manner. 

What can I do with a major in History?


Here are the History Department’s Top 5 Reasons:

1) We don’t prepare you for a job—we prepare you for every job. What do the CEO of Goldman Sachs, the National Security Advisor, and Conan O’Brien have in common? All of them were history majors.

2) Learn what you want to learn. History is a truly exciting major because you can study literally anything you want! Since history is the study of everything from the earliest times to the present, it can be the study of whatever you are interested in.

3) Learn from the best, in an intimate setting. Our faculty consists of top-flight researchers who value small class sizes and getting to know our students. You get to know us, and we get to know you.

4) Our classes aren’t the high-school history classes you hated. Our students sometimes tell us that high-school history classes made them lose interest in the past because it was all about memorizing names and dates. But that’s not what our classes are about.

5) We respect your intelligence. We don’t deny that history majors will be expected to read and write and discuss and think hard—in fact, we’re proud of it! The stimulating conversations taking place in your history classes every day will help you hone the intellectual skills you will apply in the professional world.

Clubs and Organizations

History Club 
Phi Alpha Theta 

Related Programs and Degrees

We invite history majors considering graduate studies in History to apply for the B.A./M.A. Dual Degree Program during the spring term of their junior year. This option permits qualified students to take three Master's level History courses during the senior year, and provides them with an appreciation for the dynamics, workload, and rewards of graduate study. These three courses fulfill the B.A. requirements in History and are also credited toward their graduate degree requirements. Learn more here!