Why Study History at Missouri S&T?

From a low faculty-to-student ratio, to learning from respected historians, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider becoming a history major:

  1. Low faculty-to-student ratio.  We have about three to five history majors per full-time faculty member in our department. This means you’ll get to know our faculty members well and be more than just a number in a department with hundreds of students.
  2. Small class sizes.  Unlike other state universities, none of our classes are taught in lecture halls to hundreds of students. In upper-level history courses, our average class size is about 20 students, and in lower-level entry courses, it's about 30 to 35.
  3. Faculty who teach undergraduates.  At some universities, full-time faculty focus on their graduate students rather than undergraduates. Our faculty members are fully dedicated to teaching undergraduates, as we do not have a graduate program.
  4. No graduate student teaching assistants.  Also at other universities, much of the face-to-face teaching is done by graduate student teaching assistants. We do not have any graduate students or teaching assistants.
  5. Few courses taught by adjuncts. At colleges across the country, about 40 to 50 percent of courses in the humanities are taught by part-time adjunct faculty members. In our department, only about 10 to 15 percent of our classes are taught by adjuncts.
  6. Outstanding teaching faculty. Our faculty members have won dozens of teaching awards. We consistently receive among the highest teaching evaluation scores on campus.
  7. Outstanding researchers. Our faculty members are also active scholars in their fields, often publishing more books per capita than the faculty at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  For a list of faculty member publications, click here.
  8. Outstanding history teacher placement. About half of our students choose to major in history with a secondary education emphasis. We have an excellent record of placing our graduates in high school teaching jobs across the state. For more on Teacher Education and Certification at S&T, click here.
  9. Excellent placement in graduate schools. Our department's graduates have gone on to study history, archeology and law in graduate school at universities like the University of Missouri in Columbia, Vanderbilt University, and University College Dublin.   
  10. Wide variety of alumni careers. Our alumni have moved on to successful careers in a variety of fields. Check out our What do History Graduates do? page to get an idea of what you can do with your history degree.
  11. Opportunities for individual research. Some of our students have taken advantage of Missouri S&T's Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) program, which comes with a $1,000 stipend. All history majors will work one-on-one with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis.