A degree in history and government sharpens your analytical skills and allows for a deeper understanding of the the world, its people and its governments work.
WVU Tech’s proximity to Charleston enables our students to receive hands-on experience working with archival material and through excellent internship opportunities with the state government. WVU Tech history majors have engaged in research with organizations such as the West Virginia Humanities Council and NASA.
Our upper-division course offerings require students to cover a wide range of historical time periods, taught by established research specialists in those fields. Many of our students also choose to minor in political science or psychology.
Students who enjoy assessing documents from the past, reading, archival library work and have an interest in analyzing the impact and influence of historical events and trends tend to enjoy this program.
Scotty came to WVU Tech from Clay, West Virginia to study history and government and be the first in his family to earn a college degree. While at Tech, he worked as a resident assistant and was a member of the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board.
Today, Scotty puts his skills to work with WVU Tech as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where he helps to manage community service volunteers and service-learning classes.
Graduates find career opportunities in law, government, civil service, U.S. historical offices, banking, insurance, journalism, archives and military service. The nation’s armed forces look favorably on history graduates among their officers.
Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in history, archival programs, public history and law.
This course examines particular periods of intensified change in science and technology to develop general understanding of scientific and technical change. Episodes may include the scientific, industrial, Darwinian or other revolutions.
Explore twentieth century American culture, politics and society through film. The class examines the relationship between film and history using films as primary sources for understanding the past.
Undertake a historical survey of Central Appalachia’s three phases of development: traditional society of the nineteenth century; the transformation of a mountain society by industrialization at the turn of the twentieth century; and contemporary Appalachia.