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Welcome to the History Department

Why Major in History?

Historians pose important questions about our world and search for deep explanations. History majors learn to think critically, to research well, and to communicate effectively. Every other academic discipline depends on historical explanations for their work. The history major has long been the choice of undergraduates seeking to develop a well-informed, sophisticated understanding of the world around us.

History classes at Samford are taught by award-winning teachers and acclaimed scholars. Our majors are on the leading edge of undergraduate research at Samford, connecting our campus to the community and the wider world.

What do History majors do after graduation?

Anything. A history major prepares students for a broad range of careers and graduate degrees. Skills in research, critical thinking, and communication are valued by employers in many fields.

  • In 2009, 100% of Samford History graduates who applied to graduate or professional schools were accepted into the program of their choice.
  • History majors have an above-average acceptance rate into medical schools. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Humanities majors routinely outscore Biology and Health Sciences majors on the MCAT, and applicants with liberal arts degrees are increasingly desired by leading medical schools (see Sarah Kiff, "Well-Rounded Docs" Newsweek 10 Sept. 2007).
  • Samford History alumni have built successful careers in education, business, law, medicine, ministry, communications, and government service.


"History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought."

- Etienne Gilson