A history major from Elmhurst can open doors to a variety of rewarding careers, including jobs in teaching, museum, media, and research.
Majors in history are expected to complete a minimum of seven courses in the department, including the Senior Thesis. Those students who plan to teach must complete nine courses, also including the Senior Thesis. Other than the thesis, there are no specific courses required, but it is expected that students will select courses from different periods and areas in order to have a balanced background in the field.
Majors in history who expect to do graduate work for the degree of Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy, particularly the latter, are advised to study at least one foreign language while at Elmhurst College. The requirements of universities vary, but they usually include a reading knowledge of one or more languages. The necessary languages are determined by the specific areas of history.
History majors planning to attend law school upon completion of a degree at Elmhurst College are encouraged to pursue a balanced program between American and English history. POL 412 Constitutional Law is also recommended.