History Undergraduate

Get Into the Archives

We offer funding to both undergraduate & graduate students that supports their research.

By studying history, you will explore people, events, institutions and values as old as the ancient world and as new as yesterday's headlines. 


History: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

As a history major, you can choose from the B.A. or B.S. degree with an emphasis in Ancient Studies, Pre-Law, Diplomacy, Great Plains or Military History.

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History: B.A./B.S. with Secondary School Certificate

As a history major, you can choose a degree in history education (offered in conjunction with the School of Education) for students interested in secondary teaching. You can take courses such as Diplomatic History, South Dakota History, American Colonial History, Ancient World in Film, World War II, Russian History and Shakespeare's England.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Each summer we offer an interdisciplinary sailing and study tour in Greece for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Internships give you the chance to practice the skills you will need in the professional working world with a variety of private or public sector organizations. Internship experiences can take place both on campus or off campus.

  • Phi Alpha Theta was founded in 1921 "to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history." 

After Graduation

History graduates are making a difference in varied careers.

Potential Careers

  • Financial Analyst
  • Counselor
  • Lawyer
  • Archivist Intern
  • Associate Attorney
  • High School History Teacher
  • Graduate Student – History
  • Graduate Student – Occupational Therapy

Recent Employers

  • Home Federal Savings and Loan
  • McCrossan Boy’s Ranch
  • Lindquist and Vennum
  • South Dakota State Historical Society Archives
  • Hogan Lovells (Denver, CO)
  • Vermillion School District
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of South Dakota
Success Stories

Success Stories

Ten minutes into my tour of USD I could see myself spending the next four years here. After meeting with some of the faculty on my tour I was positive that USD was exactly where I wanted to get my undergraduate degree. Alanea White, 2014 Graduate