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History, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

A history degree empowers you with thinking, writing and speaking skills valuable in many careers. Explore important questions about the past, connect it with the present and share your findings effectively.

Collaborate with your peers and mentors to explore culture worldwide from the ancient world to contemporary America and beyond. You learn to examine historical sources to better understand the world today and make an impact on the future. Our graduates take their research and communication skills into business, journalism, education, law and more.

Program Highlights

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    Beyond the Classroom

    Work with a professor on research or intern with a campus or community museum, archives or library.

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    Study Abroad

    Travel to the University of Warwick in England to gain field experience and new perspectives on historical events.

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    Community of Scholars

    The History Center brings in top historians, authors and other culture makers to share unique perspectives on history.

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    Independent Research

    Seniors can do independent research and write a thesis while earning Graduation with Leadership Distinction.

What You’ll Study

Courses cover a wide range of topics and times from the ancient to the modern in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Enjoy deep discussions in small, upper-level courses, and complete a senior seminar or a thesis on independent research. An accelerated master's degree is available for history majors wishing to teach social studies.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Historical Understanding

    Studying past events, analyzing their context and comprehending their significance and impact

  • Writing

    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Understand Complexity

    Analyzing and synthesizing information to identify patterns and connections

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Archivist
  • Lawyer
  • Professor
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Politician

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Teacher
  • Paralegal
  • Executive Director
  • Sales Manager

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $62,927

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Nonprofits

Employers of Alumni

  • University of South Carolina
  • South Carolina State Museum
  • South Carolina State Museum

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

What drew me to USC was the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research. I knew that as an undergraduate, I'd be able to conduct funded research, and grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research have allowed me to reach that goal and submit an article for peer review,

Riley Sutherland
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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