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.

NEW beginning Fall 2023History B.A./J.D. (3+3)

Get your undergrad and law degree in 6 years instead of 7. The fourth year of the bachelor’s degree is fulfilled through the successful completion of the first-year law school courses.

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

Sample Curriculum


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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.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.