Historians study temporal dynamics, or the ways in which societies and cultures change (and sometimes remain the same) over time. Through application of Lasell's Connected Learning philosophy, History majors develop the skills necessary to think critically about the complex interrelationships and inequities that characterize human societies and cultures, and how those structures have impact on all aspects of human experiences.

The History major is flexible, enabling students to devise individual programs tailored to their specific interests. The foundation requirements provide students with a solid grounding in the methodologies employed by historians as they carry out their investigations. In-depth courses across a broad spectrum of themes give students the opportunity not only to develop and employ their analytical skills, but also to pursue their own interests. Students are encouraged to take classes in disciplines outside of history to complement their studies within the major and prepare for their career goals. During the senior year, students complete a capstone project and an internship in an area related to their individual interests. The capstone is completed in a two-semester sequence; students read and research their chosen topic during a semester-long individual tutorial and write a capstone essay during the following semester. For many of our students, this thesis has served as a stepping stone to graduate school.

Students receive extensive training in the development of writing, research, critical thinking and analytical skills that are essential to success in a wide variety of careers. The major prepares students to pursue careers in history, education, law, politics, business, international relations, public service, and many others. Students who are interested in preparing to be teachers at the secondary level should follow the program plan for Secondary Education Major (Grades 5-12) and History Major to ensure that they meet requirements for licensure.

By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students may be able to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor's degree in History to 3 or 3 ½ years.