The History major at UMF encourages you to step outside your own cultural and social experiences to examine past events from a fresh perspective, helping you to realize there are multiple ways to view historical events and their impact on the present and future. You’ll learn to debunk myth and to create it anew.
Here, you’ll work closely with your History professors in small classes where you’ll have the opportunity to hear and be heard. In addition to small lecture classes and small seminars, you’ll be encouraged to explore the wealth of human history in film, literature, art, museums, and local historical societies.
The faculty in the History program will also encourage you to create links with other disciplines, such as geography, anthropology, political science, international and global studies, and women’s and gender studies, as a way to broaden your understanding of those areas’ historical dimensions.
As a History student at UMF you’ll be encouraged to participate in a number of outside-the-classroom, hands-on activities closely related to your major: collecting oral histories, assisting local historical societies, traveling to historical sites (Quebec, Boston, and across Maine), and participating in internships in Maine and elsewhere. You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of overseas travel courses in History.
Internships – Real-World Experience
At UMF you can find out, first-hand, what it’s like to work in the History field while you learn valuable career skills and develop a strong network of professional contacts.
Here’s a short list of where our History students have recently interned:
- Washburn-Norlands Living History Center
- Farmington Historical Society
- Maine State Archives
Many History students also participate in history-related, student-run organizations such as The History Club and Phi Alpha Theta (a National Honor Society devoted to promoting the study of History).