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Why Study History?

Studying history enables us to understand how the society in which we live, and many others, came to be. Why does this matter? It provides us with a deeper understanding of ourselves and others necessary for impactful engagement in the world. Studying history also allows you to develop important research, writing, and critical thinking skills that remain in high demand by employers. Plus, studying history is fun!

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Undergraduate Programs

As a history major, you will select an area of focus, which may be a geographic specialization in U.S., European, or global history, or a thematic specialization that is comparative or transnational in its approach. For advanced study, consider applying to our Honors Program and Accelerated B.A./M.A. Degree Program.


Graduate Programs

Clark offers two doctoral programs in history: a Ph.D. focused on Holocaust and genocide studies and located within the world-renowned Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and a Ph.D. in United States and Atlantic History.

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As part of their research into U.S. and European history, our faculty study politics, culture, and social relations. As a student, you may work closely with faculty to conduct research.

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Careers and Internships

As a history major, you will develop a deep understanding of the past across eras, cultures, and societies, while also mastering critical skills — persuasive writing, interpreting data, and giving compelling presentations, among others — to prepare you for a successful career in any field.

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History Department

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  • Jefferson Academic Center, 3rd floor
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7288
  • 1-508-793-8816 (Fax)