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  • Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, professor of history at Lang, critiques public access to wellness and wonders why it isn’t universal.

    As a history student, you will learn to ask and answer big questions, understand contemporary events by researching the past, and understand the many ways historical research can be shared with the public. The field is highly dynamic, and historians work in practically any career you can think of. Because history requires you to synthesize a range of sources—textual, visual, statistical, and digital—it gives you the skills you will need for both work and citizenship.

    At Eugene Lang College, you can major or minor in history or take history courses as part of a self-designed Liberal Arts major. In your junior year, you can apply to our BA/MA program, which allows you to take graduate courses in your senior year and apply up to 12 credits to both degrees.

    Why Study History?

    History gives you the skills needed to learn and grow in a global economy. You will take seminars that span diverse topics, including the history of capitalism; intellectual, social, cultural, and political history; histories of gender and sexuality; the history of race and class formation; and the history of science, technology, and the environment.

    You will work with professors who are committed teachers and who include you in engaged research and public scholarship. Our core faculty features experts on the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. 

    The University and New York City

    Accessing courses offered at Parsons and Milano and programs across the university, you can study histories of art, media, and design, or you can specialize in the history of New York City itself. In your senior year, you will complete a thesis, researched using primary sources and with advising from a member of the faculty, and graduate as an accomplished writer.

    New York City boasts the finest museums, libraries, and archives in the world: The New-York Historical Society, The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Museum of the Hispanic Society of America, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Weeksville Heritage Center, the Museum of the City of New York, and The Hamilton Grange National Memorial are but a few places where history comes alive for you.

    In New York, opportunities for credit-bearing or paid internships give you hands-on experience for your next step, whatever it is.

    Career Paths

    Students majoring in History can go on to graduate school in order to pursue careers in law, politics, economics, design and urban studies, journalism, and international relations. They can also work in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

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