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...

“…Harvard University is truly among the most exclusive schools to be found anywhere on the globe. Attending such a prestigious University is very humbling, because when an institution takes the most knowledge thirsty minds from around the world and...” – Aus10

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...

“…The curriculum is amazing and taylored to your major as well as your prospective employment. As a Freshman I have been emersed into business projects, research, writing, etc. They include a writing improvement course and an adjustment to college...” – austin from Rowlett, TX

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...

“…Make sure that if you are a 2012 high school grad that you seriously begin now. It might possibly be too late. For 2013 high school grads, begin looking now to apply for the summer seminar to really get a feel on a weeklong experience of West Point...” – Andrew from Las Cruces, NM

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...

“…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...

“…You will most definitely learn a lot here! Being at one of the most rigorous colleges in the U.S., the minimum credits needed to graduate is 140; while for other colleges, it's only 120. However, this rigorous curriculum prepares the future AF...” – Future USAFA Cadet

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...

“…At the University of Idaho, many students find themselves learning about scuba diving, archery, rock climbing, film music, the history of Rock&Roll, and so much more. The university has many exploration courses to get you out of your rut.” – Tyler 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...

“…Brandeis is an all inclusive school with everything a student could wish for. Busting at the seams with student diversity, clubs of all kinds, and professors that you can approach at almost any time, the smaller community of Brandeis University is...” – ManOfLaMancha

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...

“…The class sizes are just right. I don't feel ignored by my professors and they really let their personalities show.” – Lauren from Maple Heights, OH

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...

“…Lipscomb University is an incredible school with a positive atmosphere and community. The academics are challenging, and the professors are encouraging towards students. Lipscomb is a great place to learn and grow as a person.” – Kelly from Orland Park, IL

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...

“… I definitely am learning a lot here I transferred from Long island University in Brooklyn NY, and I never had the opportunity to learn such variety of things. For example about black history, the most I knew about Black History was what they could...” – Danielle from Brentwood, NY

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...

“…All of the classes, especially the general education courses, are very informative and thorough. The staff here genuinely wants you to be prepared for the future.” – Elizabeth from Charlton, 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...

“…Within a semester, I was already prepared with a new arsenal of ideas and knowledge. Compared to what I've learned here, I learned nothing in high school. The staff, services, resources, and most of all other students are all there to help you...” – Riva from New Gloucester, ME

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...

“…Great faculty and diversity in course selection.” – Martin from Saint Louis, MO

Harding University

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...

“…Harding University is a great place where you can meet many new people from all over the world! Here at Harding professors truly care about seeing their student succeed and take the time to teach them about God along the way. God is a number one...” – Logan from Cabot, AR

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...

“…Taylor is a great place to learn. Taylor makes sure you have knowledge in a broad spectrum of subjects while still focusing on your own major. Professors are great. Most of them are very willing to help you outside of class and help you do well. I...” – Heidi from Upland, IN

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,...

“…The professors here are great. They really strive to not only get you to learn the material, but make you like learning it. There are so many options when picking classes. You are destined to find something you like. ” – Sam from Londonderry, NH

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...

“…Reinhardt University is home to those who seek knowledge. The classes, well most of the classes, challenge one to obtain such an understanding and challenge all to do well in life. I have yet to have a terrible experience in any of my classes. Really...” – Jessica from Trenton, 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...

“…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...

“…Catholic has a great sense of community, there is a constant feeling of support and interest as a student. The academics are challenging, yet manageable. The faculty and student body is extremely welcoming and there is always aid available for...” – Shay from West Rutland, VT

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...

“…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...

“…Most of my classes are a good mix of challenging and easy material. I do spend about 3 hours a day studying, but even so I find my chemisty class especially difficult. There are times, though, in all of my classes when I feel like I've learned the...” – Jessyka from Linwood, KS

Cabrini University
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...

“…Professors at Cabrini College do everything they can to help students succeed. There are plenty of resources, such as the library, writing center, and math resource center, available to students all the time. The campus is fairly small so students...” – Crystal from Newark, DE

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,...

“…The faculty at Lycoming College really want you to learn and to succeed in class. They are all open to questions and are willing to do whatever it takes to help you.” – Jonath from Mifflinburg, PA

Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt University

Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt College is a Christian liberal arts college in northwest Iowa. Dordt grants undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and all classes feature a reformed Christian perspective. As a Christian...

“…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...

“…All the teachers I have had are great I am learning so much more than I thought. The teachers really are good they help you when you need, very flexible with your schedule and understanding. ” – Brenda 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...

“…The teachers are really interested in their students and want to help!” – Danielle from Bedford, TX

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...

“…Even though it is the most stress a person can endure, any amount of time at this school is worth it. The professors are incredible and have so much wisdom to share. The community of students also makes every class a unique experience.” – Andro

Nebraska Wesleyan University

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...

“…The professors are eager to teach and they have a lot of neat classes that you can take.” – Nebraskan

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...

“…I am excited to attend UW Tacoma because I have heard exceptional recommendations about the science faculty which is the program that I am majoring in. The professors require you to work hard and apply yourself and if you want a good grade you can't...” – Rosie from Tacoma, 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...

“…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