Department of History

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Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 416
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 416
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Department of History

The study of history is an important path to informed and effective citizenship. Its emphasis on broad knowledge, critical reading, careful judgment and precise writing offers excellent pre-professional preparation for a wide range of careers in business, public service, the law, teaching, the military, the ministry, journalism, and library and museum employment.

The Department of History faculty guide students toward professional careers and provide opportunities to support academic preparation with field experience in the community. Oakland University's teacher preparation program offers a history concentration in the secondary teaching major and draws on history in the social studies concentration of the elementary teaching major.

Careers in college teaching and other forms of professional historical scholarship require post-graduate training. The History Department's Master of Arts program may serve either as a terminal degree or as a bridge to more advanced study. Like the undergraduate program, it is designed to accommodate both full- and part-time students. In addition to a full daytime schedule, late afternoon and evening courses are available.
Transcript
Because of My OU History Degree, I’m Insightful.

If you're gonna be doing something for your whole life, you'll want to like it. I just happen to love history. My name is Lee Casey. I am a partner here at Baker and Hostetler in Washington, and I majored in history at Oakland University. Being here in Washington I have been very lucky because the Library of Congress is a wonderful resource and it's just down the street. I've managed to spend some time there doing research and I always advise people that if you really want to know history, go to the original documents. It's like you're talking to the people. The study of history helps very much in your perspective. We are a common law jurisdiction, which means we care a lot about what courts have said in the past. Sometimes that's the recent past, sometimes it's the distant past. The further back you, go the more familiar have to be with their language, their skillset how they thought, because things do change over time. Over the long term, what history gives you, it gives you the skill set. Being able to analyze and to articulate and write, it is at the very core of what we do and it really is applicable across the board. Because of my history degree, I'm insightful.