at Meredith College

The unique perspective provided through the history major offers intellectual insight, provides the basis of informed citizenship, and cultivates a skill set that can be applied to various careers.

Our History Major

As a history major at Meredith College, you will gain a deep knowledge and understanding of today’s world by learning about the importance of the past. The skills learned in studying the past prepare students for traditional careers in law, government, education, and historical or cultural institutions while also enabling graduates to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

At Meredith, we send students into a wide variety of professional fields and collaborate closely with the Office of Career Planning. As a history major, you can expect to engage in mock interviews, networking events, career panels, and resume workshops. You’ll emerge from Meredith’s history program career-ready in our increasingly service-driven economy where human interaction and expertise will always be in demand.

Why Study History at Meredith?

  • Meredith’s location near the state capital gives students on-site experience and creates personal connections.
  • Meredith’s history department has one of the most comprehensive and successful programs in the state for undergraduates interested in museums, historic sites, archives, documentary editing, and historic preservation. 
    • Graduates from Meredith’s history major have been placed at 
      • Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives
      • North Carolina Museum of History
      • Historic Mordecai
      • Duke Homestead
  • History majors have found success in a number of fields, including
    • Education
    • Business
    • Nonprofit and Museums
    • Government
    • Law
  • Through internships, we prepare our history majors for meaningful professional careers. Recently placed interns have gained experience at
    • North Carolina Museum of History
    • Duke Homestead Historic Site
    • North Carolina State Capitol, Legislature, and Supreme Court
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • International businesses in the Research Triangle
  • A history degree can be paired with Meredith’s teaching licensure program for a B–K, K–6, 6–9 social studies concentration, and 9–12 social studies.
  • Students in the history program at Meredith graduate ready for law or graduate school.
    • The history degree can be paired with Meredith’s accelerated law degree program, where students can complete their senior year of undergraduate study and first year of law school simultaneously.
  • There are several student organizations for history majors to participate in, including
    • Model UN
    • History and Politics Club
    • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society
  • Meredith has scholarships available exclusively to history students, including
    • The Sarah Lemmon Award
    • Alice B. Keith Scholarship
    • The Frank & Caroline Grubbs Award

History Major Jobs

A degree in history prepares students for a multitude of career paths. Such paths include work in law, government, museum and historic site management, research and archives, teaching, and journalism. The major is also excellent preparation for graduate and law school.

Meredith graduates have secured prestigious positions, such as

  • Research Specialist, Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Christie’s Auction House, New York, N.Y.
  • Analyst, National Security Agency
  • Development Research Analyst, Duke University

The average salary for someone with a History degree is
$50,893 a year.

Recent graduate schools attended by Meredith alumnae include

  • Master’s Program in Archaeology, University of Sheffield
  • Master’s Program in History, UNC Greensboro
  • Master’s Program in Asian History, University of California, Berkeley
  • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
  • Elon University School of Law
  • Ph.D. Program in International Studies, Warwick University
  • MLS Program, University of Pittsburgh
student Intern in front of glass display case

Miranda Bohl, ’21

As project director of the Criminal Justice Oral Histories internship program, Miranda Bohl, ’21, explored her interest in history and gained new appreciation for the importance of helping people tell their stories.

The Academic Benefits of Meredith’s Beverly Perdue Collection

Beverly Perdue, the first woman to serve as governor of North Carolina, recently donated a collection of her materials to Meredith College. The materials have already provided valuable research opportunities for students interested in undergraduate research.

History News

When a new historical marker was unveiled in downtown Raleigh on September 22, 2023, a group of Meredith College students, alumnae, and faculty were on hand to celebrate. The new marker, which now stands near the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, commemorates the women mathematicians who worked as “human computers” for the U.S. space program and military. Meredith College alumnae are among the women whose work is recognized with this new marker.

An event celebrating a new historical marker in downtown Raleigh commemorating the women who worked as “human computers” for the U.S. space program and military will be held on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This marker was proposed by students in Meredith’s Spring 2020 Public History course who conducted research to identify Meredith alumnae and other North Carolinians who worked in these fields.

Contact Information
Angela Robbins
Head, History, Political Science, & International Studies Department
218 Lux Hall
(919) 760-8825
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