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The study of History prepares students for a wealth of careers and advanced degree programs. UMBC History Alumni enjoy successful careers in business, government, education, law, public policy, and as entrepreneurs.

The UMBC Department of History offers an undergraduate major, minor, a minor in Public History and a minor in East Asian History, as well as the Master of Arts in Historical Studies. Undergraduates who have completed at least 60 credits may qualify for the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Program. Graduate students interested in careers in historical sites, government agencies, museums, and other organizations may choose the Public History Track option in the M.A. program.

We urge all our students to engage in active learning and research experiences in the many museums, historical societies and government agencies in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. History majors are frequent recipients of the university’s Undergraduate Research Awards and publish in the UMBC Review. Graduate students participate in the annual Graduate Student Conference each spring.

The award winning UMBC History Faculty are recipients of prestigious awards from a variety of research organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, Smithsonian, the Carnegie Foundation, and others. They have particular expertise in international history, public history, race and gender, policy history, and early modern history.