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History is essential to our identity as individuals and as members of larger communities. Whether we realize it consciously or not, we constantly engage the past in our everyday lives, whether we read a historical novel or biography, attend a family reunion, exercise our civil rights, or take a history class. History is all around us.

The study of history can enrich our understanding of the past and enhance our awareness of the world in which we currently live. History gives us the opportunity to probe all facets of the human experience: politics, society, art, religion, economics, and culture. History is a constant process of exploration and discovery that allows us to understand the lives and experiences of people both different from and similar to us.

The History program at Cleveland State University offers you the opportunity to work closely with a faculty that has areas of expertise in U.S., European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American history. We are dedicated to providing students with hands-on opportunities to further their interest in history. Through projects like research papers and internships, studying history at Cleveland State University will give you the opportunity to make history come alive. From the local to the global, the history program connects you to the world. Imagine the chance to take courses like the following: African American History through Sacred Music, The Social History of the Black Death, WWI: The Western Front, Black Resistance in the Age of Jim Crow, European Fascism, American Sexual Politics and Communities, Comparative Slavery, and History of Islamic Civilizations.


Students in history go on to pursue a variety of careers. Some choose to continue their interest in history and attend graduate school. Some pursue work in public history, including work in museums, archives, and historical sites. Others apply the skills acquired as History majors — problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis, research, and writing — to careers in law, library science, business, and communications, and international studies. Many of our graduates are employed locally in public history at places like the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Public Library.

For more information, visit CSU's History Department's webpage


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Some of these jobs require education beyond the bachelor's degree.

Anthropologist FBI / CIA Agent Journalist
Archaeologist Foreign News Corresp. Lawyer
Archivist Foreign Service Officer Lecturer
Biographer Genealogist Legal Assistant / Paralegal
Clergy Government Official Librarian
Community Relations Dir. Historian Lobbyist
Congressional Aide Historic Preservationist Market Research Analyst
Consumer Advocate Historic Site Tour Guide Media Consultant
Counselor Historical Society Staff Museum Curator
Criminologist Indicter Museum Tech. & Specialist


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Explaining Ideas Interpreting events and ideas
Writing and presenting information Examining evidence
Analyzing ideas and information Developing a world view
Explaining the present by referring to the past Decision making
Seeing relationships between factors  


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