What’s the story behind the epic, global changes we’re witnessing today? Learn skills for investigating connections between past and present—and deepen your understanding of a world in flux.
About the Program
When you study history at Mills, you’ll gain intellectual tools that will be relevant throughout your life, in many different careers—tools such as research methods, critical analysis, and persuasive writing. In a collaborative learning environment that embraces questioning and reason, your professors will encourage you to examine multiple historical perspectives and powerfully communicate your own ideas. In small, interactive classes, you’ll study the history of regions and nations, focusing on Asia, Europe, or the United States (areas in which our faculty have particular expertise). You’ll also learn about the history of social and cultural phenomena, like the changing roles of women, the rise of tourism, and urban development.
As a history major, you’ll select a subject area you’re passionate about for your senior thesis. Faculty will provide support as you conduct independent research, using historical evidence to explore the relationship between cause and effect, agency and responsibility. View our program details for in-depth information on the major and minor.
After you graduate, the analytic tools you’ve acquired will empower you to inspire action, whether by crafting grant proposals, writing news reports, or developing legal arguments. History majors thrive in a range of fields including law, journalism, business, library science, museum curatorship, publishing, teaching, and government service.
Courses You Could Take
Fads & Fashions: Popular Culture & European Modernity
The Immigrant Experience
History of the Supreme Court from 1865
Growing Up in America
African American History Since Emancipation