A major in history is excellent preparation for many careers in a variety of fields. Students skilled in research, analysis and writing are attractive to graduate programs, professional programs, businesses, etc. History enables students to examine the human past – through American, African-American, and World History. Its primary goal of History at Fisk is to: prepare broadly educated men and women for entry into diverse profession careers and public life; to foster the skills that history teaches: analysis, evaluation, and synthesis; to provide students the necessary prerequisites for coherent decision-making in all areas of professional life, especially those useful for careers in international relations, public and corporate administration, and law;· to develop in history students a greater appreciation of a “multicultural world, a pluralistic nation, and a technological society.”
Career options of the history graduate includes teaching at the primary, secondary, or collegiate level is another option for the history graduate. There are also private sector jobs available to history majors. These opportunities are found at libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, preservation projects, and assorted research facilities.
Recent Graduates with a B.A. in History from Fisk University have received advanced degrees . University of Washington, Vanderbilt, Howard, Temple universities among others and made successful careers as college professors, administrators and museologists.The History Department’s goals are:
1.To prepare broadly educated men and women for entry into diverse professional careers and public lives
2. To foster the skills that history teaches: analysis, evaluation, and synthesis
3. To provide students the necessary prerequisites for coherent decisionmaking in all areas of professional life, especially those useful for careers in 4. International relations, public and corporate administration, and law
5. To develop in history students a greater appreciation of a “multicultural world, a pluralistic nation, and a technological society.”
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history will
1. Be able to research historical problems and analyze their historical elements
2. Demonstrate the ability to develop interpretive theses to explain and synthesize evidence
3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the conclusion of their studies to a general audience
4. Be able to analyze the impact of changes over time
Chair's Welcome Statement
Welcome to the Department of History and Political Science. We are a group of committed teachers and student mentors who are committed to one thing - your success. We are immensely proud of our alumni, who enjoy successful careers in a wide variety of fields.
History embraces the sum of the human experience and facilitates imaginative encounters with the past. The study of the past not only prepares students for understanding the present, but also arms them with important research and professional skills.
Requirements for the undergraduate History major, in addition to the University degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin.
Suggested program plan for History Major--B.A. Degree
Here you will find detail descriptions of all History courses offered by the University.
This month's featured student
Is a History Major with a minor in African American Studies, hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Cassondra found Fisk through her participation in an HBCU Tour and immediately fell in love with the history and legacy of this campus as well as the idea of being a part of the Fisk Family During Cassondra's three-year tenure at Fisk, she has embraced innumerable opportunities such as joining the W.E.B Du Bois Honors Program and the Fisk University Student Ambassadors. Currently, she serves as Miss Junior 2019-2020, for the Class of 2021 and as the 2nd year Captain of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team. Cassondra states that it is the support she has received from the Fisk campus community that has allowed her to access and successfully engage in a multitude of co-curricular experiences such as the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and a Study Abroad Experience in Cape Town, South Africa.