Bring the Past to Life

At The College of Idaho, the study of cultures and civilizations past goes far beyond the pages of a textbook


On the walls of the ancient Temple of Apollo at Delphi was inscribed the Greek maxim, "know yourself." As the Greeks understood, there is no better way to "know yourself" than through the study of history. Students of history not only study people and cultures that have long since passed away, but they also put history to the question by evaluating evidence and analyzing the interrelationships among people, ideas and events. To study history is to reflect upon the human condition in all its dimensions, from the highest glories of human achievement to the tragedy of humanity's darkest nights. History, therefore, serves as an essential foundation for a liberal arts education that is truly liberating. As Cicero put it, "to be ignorant of history is always to remain a child."

Why study history at The College of Idaho?

You’ll find history isn’t contained simply in the pages of a textbook at The College of Idaho. Our engaging faculty breathe life into the events that have shaped human history, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to interact with history first-hand – from visiting historically significant sites overseas to performing in-depth historical research.  

C of I history majors graduate with a knowledge of historical methodology and research, as well as a foundation in the histories of at least four regions of the world. History minors also graduate with a background in historical methodology and research, while studying the histories of at least two regions of the world. Related minors offered at The College of Idaho are Asian Studies, Classics and Latin American Studies.

Career opportunities for history majors/minors

College of Idaho history graduates have gone on to have distinguished teaching careers in public, private, and university settings, publish books, and achieve success in a number of the best graduate and professional schools in the U.S. Others have used their history education to launch successful careers in business, law, government, and non-governmental organizations.

The study of history is rewarding for any student, but is particularly suited to students pursuing careers in business, law, teaching, health sciences, media or the arts and humanities where an understanding of human experience is particularly valuable. History graduates learn to research thoroughly, write effectively, and analyze arguments, ideas, and plans of action in full context. Employers have increasingly come to realize that the problem-solving and communication skills as well as the understanding of human behavior and systems acquired by history majors or minors are useful in any occupation.