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History Department

How did we get here? What were other times like? How and why do things change?

A History degree gives you the unique perspective offered by studying the past and by understanding how the past is reflected and refracted in the present. The LMU History curriculum will train you to be alert, critical, and inquisitive, a careful and keen researcher and writer. Studying a broad range of places and times, you will become an informed global citizen, able to participate in public life with articulate, effective, and persuasive arguments. Your own research will demonstrate that historical interpretations are always changing, while your ability to make sense of complex problems will make you an effective decision-maker. When you graduate, you will be prepared to follow any career you choose, armed with knowledge, skepticism, empathy, eloquence – and perspective.

The History Department at LMU enables you to study a broad range of times and places through our Generalist Track. Or you can choose to specialize your studies around a specific theme by choosing one of the five concentrations in our Specialist Track: Public & Applied History; Law, Politics, & Society; Global Economies, Encounters, & Exchange; Race, Gender, & Culture; and Environment, Science, & Technology.

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Politics, education, business...studying history prepares you for a range of jobs. Here's how.