History Fundamentals

History offers us the way to understand and recapture the past as we strive to shape the present and the future.

  • Courses provide the fundamentals of historical training and help develop critical thinking skills.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • dedicated to excellence in research and service

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Experience history firsthand through our research facilities:

  • Pan African Center for Community Studies
  • Sally Miller Center for the Humanities
  • Journal of Northeast Ohio History offers editorial experience and publication opportunities

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary. 

Recent placements include: 

  • Hale Farm and Village
  • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
  • Western Reserve Historical Society
  • City of Akron Planning Department
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Cleveland Orchestra

History Student Organizations

Interact with other history students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • Phi Alpha Theta (history honorary)
  • Pre-Law Club
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Associated Student Government

Curriculum Guide


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For More Information:

Department of History

Contact: A. Martin Wainwright

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in history paves the way to a wide variety of career opportunities in such fields as:

  • law
  • teaching
  • business
  • government
  • elective office
  • diplomatic service
  •  military

Career Outlook 

Employment within the field of history is growing. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees.

A&S Careers Program 

Creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • lending library with up-to-date, career-related publications
  • computer workroom for resume writing and employment research
  • volunteer, paid and for-credit internship placement on and off campus
  • department-specific mentoring arrangements


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