History Program

We believe that your academic journey should be as distinctive as the history you're studying. Join us in unraveling the past, shaping the present, and making an impact on the future.

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At NDSU, our History Program Stands Out

with its unique blend of immersive experiences, academic flexibility, interdisciplinary collaborations, and distinguished faculty. These four key elements come together to offer students an unparalleled historical education:

  1. Global Exploration Through Study Abroad: Immerse yourself in history beyond textbooks and lectures. Our program offers yearly study abroad and travel opportunities during the Spring and Summer semesters. Recent destinations have included the historic landscapes of Britain and France, the cultural treasures of Italy, and the captivating history of Japan. As we look ahead, upcoming trips are planned to the vibrant cities of Spain, the rich historical tapestry of Austria, and the revolutionary roots of Boston.

  2. Tailored Learning and Rigorous Training: We believe that history education should be as diverse as the historical narratives themselves. Our curriculum offers you the flexibility to choose historical topics that resonate with your interests. Whether it's exploring ancient civilizations, delving into social movements, or analyzing political revolutions – you have the power to shape your academic path. Amidst this flexibility, we ensure that you receive rigorous training in writing and research, honing skills that are essential for a successful career in various fields.

  3. Interdisciplinary Connections: History intertwines with numerous disciplines, enriching your perspective and preparing you for a multifaceted world. Collaborate with majors and minors from Public History, Social Science & History Education, Religious Studies, Modern Languages, and Philosophy within the School of Humanities. This interdisciplinary approach not only broadens your horizons but also equips you with a holistic understanding of the past and its impact on the present.

  4. Expert Faculty: Leaders in Research: Our faculty members are a cornerstone of our program. With a diverse array of topical and chronological expertise, they are among the most published and productive researchers on NDSU's campus. Engage with professors who are passionate about guiding you through historical narratives, encouraging critical thinking, and inspiring a lifelong love for learning.

Join us for a Campus Visit

During your campus visit, we're delighted to offer you a glimpse of what awaits you at NDSU's History Program:

  • Archival Adventures: Embark on NDSU archives tours, where you can uncover original letters from the Civil War, explore early frontier diaries in English, German, and Norwegian, see highlights of collection such as Lawrence Welk’s accordion and encounter other notable artifacts that align with your interests.

  • Personalized Insights: Connect one-on-one with our esteemed faculty members and current students. Engage in insightful conversations that help you explore the endless possibilities within your areas of interest, and gain a deeper understanding of how our program can align with your aspirations.

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