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History Major


Pictured are Point Park history majors at the Heinz History Center. | Photo by Amanda Dabbs Point Park history majors get a behind-the-scenes look at the various collections at the Heinz History Center. Read the story

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Earn a History Degree in Downtown Pittsburgh

Maybe you think in decades instead of days. Maybe you like to look back to see what you can learn from the past and relate it to the present. As a history major, your course work will emphasize U.S. and world history, economics and political science, as well as a range of general college electives that focus on career preparation, journalism or pre-law.

Practical hands-on internships are available to prepare for careers ranging from archivist, curator and conservationist, to historian, journalist and teacher.

History students at Point Park University also have access to an array of world-class museums and national historical sites in Pittsburgh and the region, including the Senator John Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Fort Pitt Museum, Fort Necessity, Fort Ligonier, Meadowcroft (the oldest site of human habitation in North America) and more.

Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the history major.

Some of the courses in the Bachelor of Arts in history program include:

  • Pennsylvania History: Focus on Pittsburgh
  • History of England
  • History of Soviet Russia
  • History of the Modern Middle East
  • Adolf Hitler and Naziism
  • Military History
  • History of American Music
  • World War II
  • Regional Studies: India and Africa
  • American Decades
  • History Practicum

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the degree requirements and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Careers for History Majors

With a history degree, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Conservationist
  • Historian
  • Information retrieval specialist
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Teacher