History provides a sense of perspective on the processes of social, political, and economic change that have shaped the world. The study of history deepens and broadens one’s understanding of the ways institutions and attitudes bring about change over time.
Lyon history students experience the varied work of the modern historian, especially the historian as detective and interpreter. Through close readings, critical writing, and rigorous research, history majors will develop a breadth of knowledge and refine their critical reading, reasoning, research, and writing skills.
Associate Professor of History Dr. Edward Tenace and Assistant Professor of History Dr. Brian D'Haeseleer
History majors use their research and writing skills in several organizations across camps, including Social Council, Honor Council, and the Student Government Association.
After meeting certain course and GPA requirements, history students are invited to join the honor society Phi Alpha Theta.
“Studying history at Lyon gave me the versatility in basically anything I’ve done requiring research, and it helps me examine information with a different perspective.” - Nate Pyle, ‘10, Director of Academic Advising at UACCB
Employers of recent Lyon College History Graduates include:
Arkansas Supreme Court, J.B. Hunt, Liya International, Office of Academic Advising - University of Arkansas Community College Batesville, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Jonesboro Beautification Commission, Liberty Bank, Batesville Historian Society
Additionally, Lyon College History Graduates move on to prestigious graduate schools including:
Yale School of Law, University of Colorado Denver, Vanderbilt University Peabody College, William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences School of Pharmacy
For more information on the required courses for a History major or minor, view our courses page.
History majors pursue careers in law, non-profits, public relations, journalism, higher education, K-12 education, library science, researcher, archivist, project management, and much more.
The starting median salary in the U.S. for a college graduate with a History degree is $39,200.
Associate Attorney- $74,000
High School Teacher- $51,000
Operations Manager- $62,000
Executive Director- $84,000
For more information on admissions to Lyon College, visit our Admissions page.
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