American History (United States)

The history of the United States is actually quite short when compared to those of other nations, but that certainly doesn't diminish its value or importance. Known since the early 1900s as a "melting pot," America's powerful history boasts stories of independence, freedom, pride, and many different cultures coming together to form a rich culture and set of customs. As an American history major, you will learn about America's past, both the positives and the negatives, by studying its society, culture, customs, and institutions throughout its entire history.American history courses generally include curriculum that focuses on American historiography, American history sources and materials, historical research methods, and applications to the study of specific themes, issues, periods, and institutions. Specialization of the American history major is available at most institutions. Popular areas include African American history, Native American history, military and international history, constitutional history, economic and business history, and gender and women's history. The level of education required depends upon the career route you wish to take. Degrees are offered from undergraduate through PhD levels.A variety of career opportunities exist for those with an American history degree. Teaching is a great way to relive history again and again, and opportunities are available at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Other career paths include anthropology, archaeology, governmental, research, or work as an archivist, curator, historian, or librarian. Programs are also available for students in order to gain life experience through internships or apprenticeships.

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Colleges

Harvard College

Harvard College is an undergraduate liberal arts school located in Cambridge, MA, within Harvard University. Founded in 1636, this private, very selective, Ivy League college is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and was...

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It's impossible not to learn a lot at Harvard, with such a wide range of classes taught by professors who are often experts in their field. Obviously, Harvard is known for being a prestigious research university and so the academic education...

” – Emily
George Washington University

George Washington University is a private university maintains three campuses, with the main campus located in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House. George Washington University offers 75 undergraduate majors and 69% of students...

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George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...

” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ
United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy is located in West Point, NY, with a "mission to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets for a career of professional excellence and sevice to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army." West Point...

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One of the premier institutions in the entire country with an unparalleled education in all aspects of life. Moral, ethical, physical, mental, leadership developing lifestyle four four years to create some of the best individuals in the U.S.

” – Taylor from Chesapeake, VA
Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the city of Chicago. Loyola has four campuses in the Chicago area–the main Lake Shore Campus along Lake Michigan, Water Tower Campus in the heart of downtown, the...

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loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...

” – Jason from Chicago, IL
United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy is a military training institution in central Colorado and the youngest of five American service academies. USAFA confers bachelor’s degrees in 31 academic majors and all students are expected to complete a core...

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The Air Force Academy is a place that challenges you in all aspects of life. Everything you do here is important and has meaning. You will find who you are and what you represent after going through the four vigorous years here.

” – Isaac from U S A F Academy, CO
University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is a 4-year public school in northwest Idaho and the oldest public institution in the state. The U of I hosts 10 colleges granting undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 300 fields of study. In addition to...

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Being a music major, I have been thrown right into the classes that I need to be a successful music teacher. I am about to start my fourth semester at the University of Idaho, and I feel like I have already learned quite a bit.

” – Rachel from Moscow, ID
Brandeis University

Brandeis University is a private, nonsectarian institution founded by the Jewish community and named after the Supreme Court’s first Jewish justice. The 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, and home to more than 100...

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I am offered tons of opportunities to explore Academics at Brandeis. I love that can take courses that count towards my major and minors, while still taking courses that just happen to spark my interest. For instance, last semester I took beginning...

” – Audrey from Littleton, CO
Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University is a 4-year private school in mid-Ohio affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Ashland is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing granting undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic...

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I love Ashland, every professor is extremely caring and helpful. If you're ever in need of anything there is ALWAYS someone who can help and you don't have to go very far to find them!

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Lipscomb University

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution in Nashville. Lipscomb confers undergraduate degrees in 176 academic areas of study. As a Christian university, Lipscomb holds chapel services twice...

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Lipscomb University has Greek Life, so I highly recommend joining one of the social clubs on campus!! The professors have a calling to be there for more than just to get paid; they actually want to see their students succeed, and they care about...

” – Kayla from Florence, MS
Delaware State University

Founded in 1891, Delaware State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the state capital of Dover. Delaware State is home to colleges of Humanities, Agriculture, Business, and Health Sciences conferring undergrad degrees...

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delaware state university is a credible hbcu. through the orientations, campus visits, and interest meetings, you can learn a lot about the university. our goal is making our mark on the world.

Salem State University

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

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Salem State allows me to grow as a student and explore all of my interests. I am a Marine Biology major with a chemistry minor and until I came to Salem I hated all sciences. I had a terrible experience in high school with all of my science courses...

” – Kelsey from Clarksburg, MA
Lesley University

Lesley University is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Originally founded as a teacher training institution, Lesley is now home to colleges of Art & Design, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences granting undergrad degrees in...

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I love my classes. I have taken classes in psychology, philosophy, dance, history, and sociology all in my first year. There is a good selection of very interesting classes, thought it is obviously not at expansive as you would get a larger school...

” – Catherine from Spencer, MA
Charleston Southern University

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic...

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The class sizes are small enough to allow personal time and questions with the teachers, but big enough to have discussion with other great minds and to encourage healthy competition.

” – Corinna from Sumter, SC

Formed by the merger of two junior college, Harding University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Arkansas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Harding confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 academic majors and minors. As...

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This is only my semester here and I have already learned a lot! There are so many different types of classes you can take that pertains to your interests, but classes that everyone has to take are general education classes. Even if you're not very...

” – Noelani from Manchester, NH
Taylor University

Founded in 1846, Taylor University is a private institution and one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in the nation. The school is based in Upland, Indiana. All students, staff, and faculty are required to resist tobacco, alcohol, and drug...

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With most of the teachers, you can tell that they actually care about their students and want us to learn and succeed. The classes are usually pretty small, anywhere from 30 to 5 students. There's always a few lackluster professors anywhere you go...

” – Jennifer from Charlotte, NC
Keene State College

Keene State College is a 4-year public liberal arts college in southwest New Hampshire and a member of the University System of New Hampshire. Keene State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic fields of study. Throughout the school year...

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There are very interesting and challenging classes offered at Keene State.

” – Kelley from Springfield, VT
William Peace University

William Peace University, situated in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1857. As a member of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium, students have access to classes and library facilities in the surrounding...

Reinhardt University

The only institute of higher education with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Cherokee County, Reinhardt University is a prominent comprehensive liberal arts institution in Waleska, Georgia. Reinhardt offers more than 40 academic programs among...

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I admire the personal one on one experience with the professors. the campus is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many different degrees to choose from.

” – Gerald from Adairsville, GA
New England College

New England College is a private rural liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. NEC confers undergraduate degrees in 37 academic fields of study and its Hands On Year Round initiative provides the opportunity for students to reduce costs...

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The people here at NEC are known for their competition on the court and on the books. Making it a great place for people with competitive edge in them

” – Orion - Jersey City, NJ
Catholic University of America

The only university in the country originally founded by United States Catholic bishops, Catholic University of America is a Catholic research institution in Washington, DC. Catholic University is home to 12 schools granting bachelor’s degrees in...

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The Catholic University of America is in a vibrant international metropolis that offers everything. It is a warm and inviting environment that cares deeply about the intellectual, emotional, spiritual,and physical well-being of each student. The...

” – William from East Windsor, NJ

Marlboro College is a 4-year liberal arts college with a campus nestled in the heart of southern Vermont’s scenic Green Mountains. Marlboro offers a standard array of degree fields, but more than half of the student body opts to take an...

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There are a lot of intellectuals on campus, and everyone seems to be a self-created expert in something. Just a casual conversation with someone over lunch can be a stimulating experience.

” – wendalement
Morningside College

Morningside College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northwest Iowa affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Morningside is home to over 65 undergrad degree-granting and pre-professional programs. Every school year culminates in May Term, a...

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Awesome school for Educators and Nursing.

” – Jane from Sioux City, IA
Cabrini University is a liberal arts institution with close ties to the Roman Catholic Church. Campus is based in Philadelphia, PA, and calls its core curriculum “Justice Matters,” and courses are rooted in social justice. It was one of the first...
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Cabrini College is a beautiful college with a lot of opportunities.

” – Current Student at Cabrini College

Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is a private, liberal arts institution established in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In order to graduate, each student is required to fulfill an Enhanced Academic Experience, which can consist of a cooperative program...

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After visiting and researching academic development, achievements, and graduation rates compared to other similar colleges and universities it was an easy decision to make.The staff, the faculty, and students who participated in the process of...

” – Angelique from Robesonia, PA
Dordt University

Dordt University integrates faith into every aspect of campus, whether academics, athletics, music, or social activities. Students are challenged and invested in, which creates a vibrant and close-knit campus community. Dordt offers four-year...

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You will grow spiritually. You will gain friends for a life time. You will achieve greatness.

” – Brittany from Stanwood, WA
Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College is a 2-year community college that confers associate degrees and technical certifications. The school is part of the Alamo Colleges District and offers several Academic Workforce Programs through the Healthy & Biosciences...

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Most of the teachers are very friendly and are willing to assist you with anything. They dedicate their time, not only in the classroom but outside as well. I have learned a lot more than I expected to, since it is a community college.

” – Amanda from San Antonio, TX

Howard Payne University was founded in 1889 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The school has a main campus in Brownwood, TX, and maintains two academic institutes, The New Braunfels Center and El Paso Center. The college provides free...

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The teachers are really interested in their students and want to help!

” – Danielle from Bedford, TX
St. John's College-Santa Fe

St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States and famous for the distinctive Great Books curriculum. Students read over 200 of the greatest books ever written, discuss them in classes of 20 students or fewer, and, instead of...

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I think that St. John's has a lot to offer with its great curriculum it goes from Greek history up to modern history, and it links every form of study with philosophy which makes the learning there totally different from any other kind of learning...

” – Nancy from Los Angeles, CA
Bard College at Simon's Rock

Bard College at Simon's Rock is an early college with “more selective” admissions where high school students can enroll before graduation. The average age at entry is 16. Simon’s Rock is based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and provides a...

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simon's rock offers a strong academic program with a quirky and varied student body. people come here for a challenge, stay for the professors, and leave with the skills to be competitive students and citizens. there is a lot of learning and growing...

” – senior

Nebraska Wesleyan University is a private, 4-year institution established in the capital city of Lincoln. Students attending NWU are eligible to receive a $1000 renewable grant if they schedule a campus visit. Academics at the college are based upon...

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Nebraska Wesleyan is a great school for those planning on pursuing multiple majors/minors in 4 years. I would especially consider this school if you are interested in political science. The Capitol Hill internship program in Washington DC is an...

” – Kate from Lincoln, NE
St. John's College-Annapolis

St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States and famous for the distinctive Great Books curriculum. Students read over 200 of the greatest books ever written, discuss them in classes of 20 students or fewer, and, instead of...

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It is a life changer. It challenges you to not only learn how to learn but also to value a place in the world wondering at the world. I would be lost without this education.

” – Jennifer from Annapolis, MD
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

The University of Washington-Tacoma Campus is a public institution located in Tacoma and part of the University of Washington system. The school requires that all students complete a Core Program that consists of courses in writing, social issue...

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Although my grades were sub-par throughout high school and my community college years, I managed to get accepted into UW Tacoma, and let me say, I love the school. I would highly recommend it to those students living in the Tacoma area and don't want...

” – Josef from Auburn, WA

Located in the capital city of San Juan, the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Metro campus is a 4-year institution with Christian roots and the most urban location in the Inter-American University system. IAUPR Metro is composed of seven...

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Inter American University is a great college it is full of diversity. This school helps you get to know about other cultures while receiving a degree. I would pick Inter American University over any university, hands down!

” – Elizabeth from San Juan, PR