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Why Study History?

The world is open to AU History majors! History classes hone our students' research, writing, and analytical skills. Our home in Washington, D.C. offers students unparalleled resources for research, internships, and jobs. The nation's capital is our classroom.

Our outstanding faculty are not only exemplary teachers and scholars, but they are also actively involved with archives, museums, government institutions, and non-profits in D.C., across the United States, and around the world. Whether you are interested in working in government, private industry, non-profits, or academia, AU's Department of History offers a stepping stone to a promising career.

See what a degree in History can do for you! These famous men and women started their careers as history majors:

Steve Carrell, Actor

Conan O'Brien, Television personality

Wolf Blitzer, Journalist

Chris Berman, Anchor of "SportsCenter"

Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States

Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice

Robert Johnson, Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Chris Hughes, Co-founder of Facebook

Chelsea Clinton, Businesswoman

Jimmy Buffett, Singer/songwriter

Michael Palin, Comedian and television presenter

Edward Norton, Actor and activist

Josh Sawyer, Video game designer

Eric Holder, US Attorney General

Student Group Gets Historical

The Student Historical Society restores a DC boundary stone from the 1790s.

AU’s Student Historical Society looks to engage with local, national, and university history.

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