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.
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
- International Studies
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.
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