Get started thinking about the future now.

Use this major map to explore possibilities and plan for success in five overlapping areas of career and academics.

Choose your year below, then see what you can do when you:

  • Learn. Develop the knowledge and skills to complete your major.
  • Engage. Contribute to campus and the community.
  • Network. Build a foundation of professional connections.
  • Transform. Make a positive impact in a diverse world.
  • Prepare. Plan for life after graduation.

The map just offers suggestions - you don’t have to do it all.

First Year

Learn: What foundational courses should I be taking? 

  • Take history survey (100 level) courses, 9 credit hours
  • Take the highest level COMP you place into
  • Find out what upper-division courses are offered next year
  • Explore Foreign Language study options

Engage: What kinds of activities and organizations can I explore?

  • Join Talent Gateway - UM-Dearborn’s online community where you can complete challenges, earn points, and connect experiences with courses and professional goals

  • Check out all the opportunities offered by the Office of Student Life

  • Meet with the First Year Experience Librarian to learn about Mardigian Library resources

  • Check out websites for professional historian’s associations

  • Go to Phi Alpha Theta events

Network: What are important topics in my field?

  • Visit your professors during office hours to introduce yourself
  • Join a professional organization related to your major
  • Visit Mardigian Library to explore endless resources and librarian support

Transform: What are the challenges and the strengths in my community?

Prepare: What are the career options for people with my major?

  • Start building your CV - your academic resume
  • Explore career options in your field to learn about requirements and expectations
  • Visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn about different types of financial aid, including many scholarships
Second Year

Learn: How do I build on  foundational courses?

  • Take History 300 seminar
  • Familiarize yourself with cognate options that are part of the History major (take one if possible)
  • Take an upper-division History course (preferably AFTER History 300)
  • Start building your History Portfolio

Engage: What activities and organizations will help me develop professional skills? 

Network: How do I connect with faculty and students with similar interests?

Transform: What are the challenges and strengths of the Detroit Metro area?

Prepare: What resources are available on campus to help me develop the professional skills I will need?

  • Develop your “academic toolkit” through numerous Seeds of Success workshops through the Office of Student Life
  • Meet with your professors to discuss your skills and possible career options
  • Find out about internships and whether your job qualifies for credit
  • Visit the Campus Writing Center
Third Year

Learn: How do I gain expertise in my major?

  • Take US and NON-US upper-division History courses and History capstone seminar
  • Explore certificates, minors and second majors
  • Continue exploring and taking cognate options
  • Update your History Portfolio and create a CV (your academic resume)
  • Begin exploring graduate programs/professional degrees (research LSAT, GRE, MCAT and GMAT)

Engage: How can I grow as a leader on campus?

Network: How can I broaden my professional relationships?

  • Connect with alumni through 30-Minute Mentors
  • Submit your best paper or research to an undergraduate student journal
  • Establish a LinkedIn profile to connect with alumni or to join industry-related LinkedIn Groups
  • Submit your best paper to the “Best Student Research Writing in History” competition
  • Explore Humanities/History Internships
  • Explore research opportunities on faculty projects

Transform: How can I prepare to effectively solve local and global challenges?

  • Visit the Office of International Affairs to plan and register for a Study Abroad course
  • Diversify your perspective by taking a course outside your major
  • Use Mardigian Library resources to learn more about real world problems and solutions

Prepare: What practical things should I do to further my career options?

Fourth Year

Learn: How do I finish strong?

  • Take a second History capstone seminar
  • Schedule an audit with a CASL advisor
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work
  • Complete your portfolio and update your CV
  • Apply to graduate and professional programs

Engage: How can I mentor others to be leaders on campus?

Network: How can I demonstrate my readiness for the next steps?

  • Submit your best paper for the Campus Writing Center Awards
  • Make sure your applications for graduate or professional schools are complete with a writing sample and personal essay
  • Do targeted networking with alumni working in careers of interest and ask questions about job opportunities and the interview process
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty who know your work

Transform: How can I add to the strengths of my community, the region, and the world?

  • Contribute to global learning initiatives on campus

  • Add a minor or certificate program to your degree

  • Consider volunteering with a government agency or nonprofit organization

Prepare: How do I make the best use of university resources to launch my professional next steps?

  • Apply to jobs or future education
  • Visit Career Services for advice with job searching and interviewing, resumes, and graduate school applications
  • Explore graduate programs at UM-Dearborn
  • Register for postgraduate entrance exams (GRE, MCAT, LSAT) if you plan on graduate school
Where could I go after graduation?

Our alumni and alumnae have gone on to fulfilling careers in industry, journalism, government, law, publishing, library and information sciences, K-12 education, higher education and other important callings. 

The qualitative research skills you hone at the University of Michigan-Dearborn will serve you well throughout your professional life. You can take what you learn in History confidently into the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 

Wherever life takes you after graduation, indulging your interest in History now will broaden your cultural horizons and give you an informed perspective on the world as your future unfolds.

How to use this Major Map

Use the map on the interior portion of this brochure to review possibilities and plan for success in the five areas listed - Learn, Engage, Network, Transform, Prepare. The map gives options so you can select what best matches your interests and goals. Start thinking about your future now and build a path throughout your UM-Dearborn career that will prepare you for success. 

College is a time for discovering your passions–figuring out who you are and what drives you. UM-Dearborn offers more than 100 majors and minors, so you can find a program that is right for you. We are committed to cultivating a campus community that acknowledges our similarities and celebrates our differences. On campus you’ll find a range of support services and offices that provide the programs you need to be successful both academically and personally.

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