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Major in history at Hastings
Why study History at Hastings College?

As a Hastings College history major, you’ll excel in internships with museums, congressional offices and churches doing history in real-world situations. Plus our graduates have: accepted Fulbright Fellowships to teach English in Romania. Enjoyed the Peace Corps in places like Indonesia. Attended graduate schools at the University of Michigan, Boston College, University of Missouri-Columbia, Texas Tech University, Denver University and others. As well as working for libraries, art studios, corporate offices, museums, churches and universities.

Hastings College History alumni land in all these places, where their capacity to analyze and communicate sets them apart.

Develop a deep understanding of history

With professors actively engaged in diverse research projects and committed to classroom excellence, you’ll build a deeper understanding of the past, which impacts the present and, yes, your future! At the same time, you’ll develop sound communication and analytical skills – critical components for a successful and meaningful life.

Polish your reading, writing and discussion skills as you practice the historian’s craft. Through widely varied departmental offerings in terms of subject material and approach to the past, you’ll analyze primary sources, synthesize secondary sources and express ideas in written and oral form. Your senior seminar research project pulls all your experiences together into a presentation you may offer at the Missouri Valley History Conference or at a Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary conference.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

Our versatile course offerings in History help you take on a double major with ease. Our graduates often paired a history major with:

  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Psychology
  • International Studies
  • Art

All of these are possible to complete within four years. Talk about opening doors to your future!

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.
Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

Along your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College, and you won't find it anywhere else.

Press internship with U.S. Senator inspires Musgrave to pursue policy »
Whetstone combines love of architecture and history at Hastings College »

Get involved beyond the history classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honorary)

In addition to Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha Theta, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for history majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus, we offer talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Nebraska Attorney General’s Office
  • U.S. Navy
  • The Willa Cather Foundation
  • Colorado Republican Party
  • Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska

Success in History

Perched on a rocky landscape overlooking a seemingly endless horizon of water, Jenna Jaeger, sophomore biology and Spanish double major, sat quietly meditating after a five-day trek through Northern Spain. The quiet moment gave her a chance to... more
Joe Black’s workplace, the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, Nebraska, is like no other. With sites and exhibits spanning 200 acres, the museum takes visitors back in time to the days when pioneers and Native Americans lived and... more
Every October, students from Hastings College conduct research in Ireland throughout the month as part of a program called Irish Fellows. This program began in 2007 with then Hastings College Dean and Irish literature specialist, Dr. Richard Lloyd... more
After spending the summer as a press intern in the office of one of his home state senators, Nick Musgrave returned to Hastings College with a much more clear image of what he’d like his future to look like. “This summer really solidified my strong... more
After receiving a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Dr. Glenn Avent, Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department at Hastings College, spent a month in Mexico to study pre-Columbian material. more