History investigates and makes sense of past events and experiences, going beyond the “where and when” to the “how and why.” As you study and build critical-thinking skills as a History major at Vermont State University, you will also have access to the career preparation resources that make our History program among the best in the region. We also offer a strong interdisciplinary approach, and your courses will include literature, political science, economics, sociology, archeology, and other social sciences. You will develop and carry out an original research project on your chosen topic before graduation.
Why Study History at Vermont State?
- Teacher preparation: Students who earn a B.A. in History are eligible to pursue endorsement for secondary education teacher licensure.
- Hands-on research: Exciting initiatives and hands-on research are found at the historic Granger House Museum and Learning Lab on the Castleton Campus. In addition, Lyndon Campus offers opportunities in the fast-growing field of digital history, where faculty and staff are pioneering new ways for students to develop job-ready skills.
- Award-winning faculty: The program offers small classes with award-winning, well-published, and internationally recognized faculty members.
- Collaboration with faculty: Work with faculty in the social sciences, such as economics, literature, sociology, and political science.
Financial Aid for History Students
Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in History to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.
Internships & Jobs in History
At Vermont State, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for history jobs through internships, co-ops, career coaching, and more. Our internship placements help you grow your professional network.
The History program has a strong global focus, including study abroad opportunities in several European and Asian countries. We offer many ways to gain practical skills to prepare you for a career in History.
- History major Colin Alfred had his senior thesis published by the Rutland Historical Society.
- Lyndon students presented at an international conference organized by Zhejiang University (China).
- Students seeking their teaching licensure take part in a teaching practicum with area schools.
- In 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $495,000 grant to support Castleton’s Granger House Museum and Learning Laboratory, where students regularly work and conduct research.
“All of my History professors go out of their way to help me out, and I am always surprised at how much time and effort is afforded to me.”Alex Adams ’16