History

Are you fascinated by the way events and cultures of the past inform those of the present? Are you seeking to expand your knowledge and acquire the skills and experience you need to turn your passion into a profession? The History major at the University of Central Arkansas will expose you to a variety of eras and cultures, along with the opportunity to focus your studies in diverse areas, including topical curriculum like the Civil War, Witchcraft in History, Modern Japan, and World War II, as well as minors available in: Arkansas and Southern Studies (for students interested in the rich history, culture, politics, and economy of the South); and Asian Studies (which explores the history of great civilizations such as China, Japan, Korea, and others, to provide an appreciation of their place in the modern world). We also offer a major and minor in African/African-American Studies, focusing on the central role Africans and people of African descent play in the culture and history of America and the world. No matter your interest, you will receive a well-rounded education and put your knowledge to the test in a variety of applied learning experiences throughout your degree.

As a History major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages of the second largest history department in Arkansas. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with extensive professional experience (including publication of almost 30 books and hundreds of essays and articles), and diverse areas of expertise, including European, American, Asian, African, and Latin American history. They are also the most decorated faculty at the University of Central Arkansas – having received awards for their pedagogy and research. Our instructors are deeply dedicated to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. They provide individual attention and mentoring, as well as access to opportunities in undergraduate research, and applied learning experiences, such as field trips to the local civil rights museum and a senior capstone project that emphasizes hands-on engagement and student research.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
  • Professional Development through involvement with student organizations, such as Phi Alpha Theta (the International History Honor Society), which hosts on-campus social events and group outings to local historical sites, and provides travel to state and regional student conferences. History students can also apply to a number of undergraduate internship positions, which provide students with professional connections and a proven work record, and can even lead to post-graduation employment. Recent internship sites have included: the Clinton Presidential Library, the UCA Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the Department of Arkansas Heritage in Little Rock, the Faulkner County Museum of Conway, and the Old State House Museum of Little Rock.
  • Employment Opportunities: many students choose to continue their education in graduate, law, and professional programs; or pursue promising careers as park rangers, library administrators, historic preservationists, business managers, museum curators, civil servants, archivists, military officers, and international entrepreneurs, just to name a few.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the History major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/history/.