Social Sciences Division


Faculty and students posing for a graduation photo in 1898LCSC's first graduation class with faculty in 1898

Mural of a Nez Perce familyA historical look down Lewiston's Main Street

What can I do with a History degree?

History can help us gain a better understanding of the world we live in by explaining how the past has shaped the present. It makes us better citizens and can help us become more engaged with our communities. The study of history provides us with several important skills that are useful in many professions such as writing, research, the ability to evaluate arguments and gather evidence, analytical skills, and critical thinking.

Additionally historians  learn both project organizational skills and the ability to manage records. While these skills are useful for the study of history, they are also in high demand in a number of other professions including business, law, government, non-profit organizations, and education.

Historians work in libraries, archives, government agencies, non-profit agencies, museums, national parks, education, and historical societies, and as consultants, litigation support, and historic preservationists.

The History emphasis at LCSC, when taken as part of an integrated secondary education program, helps prepare students to become certified as secondary school teachers, with endorsement areas in History and Social Studies. With some additional coursework, students may also earn an endorsement in American government.

For more information on careers in history, please see the American Historical Association’s guide.

A minor in history is a useful compliment to any major. 


View our Social Sciences Major requirements in History.

View our Social Sciences Major requirements with a History/Secondary Certification emphasis.

What is History?

History is more than a collection of facts about the past. At its most basic definition, history is the study of change over time.

Historians try to understand why this change happened, the impacts changes had on people and cultures, and what motivated people and societies to act. Historians examine and interpret a variety of source materials, the most important being primary sources.

Primary sources are materials created or written by people who were present and experienced an event or time period under study. Historians use primary sources to understand different perspectives of history by the people who actually experienced it, and to help draw conclusions about past events. 

To make History YOUR academic choice, contact one of our History Faculty Advisors, Associate Professor Amy Canfield, Professor Eric Martin or Associate Professor Amanda Van Lanen.