BHSU history majors explore the worlds of American, European, global, and local history. The Black Hills are full of fascinating history. Our surrounding area offers students the chance to study the Gold Rush, tour ghost towns, and learn about the Native American Cultures.
This picture was taken in the 1980s. It is Jonas Academic, the place where all of our history related classes at BHSU are held.
Our small classroom sizes allow students to form better connections with their peers and professors. Close classroom connections allow professors to guide you in considering career options. Many historians pursue the teaching profession or continue their education in graduate school. Others might find jobs in government agencies, museums, historical societies, research organizations, and archives. Check out what our History program is doing with Alumni and the History Faculty!
Studying history at BHSU ensures an engaging student-centered experience with dynamic courses that offer the chance to study American, European, Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, and Native American history. Students can also learn outside of the classroom by traveling abroad with faculty members. Our location in the Black Hill allows for unique hands-on opportunities. Such as conducting research at the Case Library for Western Historical Studies or interning at one of the many museums in the surrounding area. Our History Department educates students inside and outside of the classroom and prepares graduates to enter into a variety of professional fields. Some benefits of studying history at BHSU are:
RESEARCH: Our extensive connections within the surrounding community allow students to join in ongoing research on and off campus to gain hands-on experience in a field that they love!
You can discover the internships available in the Black Hills or expand your knowledge by participating in regional and national internships. Some of our students have interned with:
You can earn a certificate for specialized training in a specific area of public history. Including museums, historic site interpretation, and archives.
*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.
There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Forest Service
» Government Agencies
» Grant Writing
» Historical Preservation
» Historical Site Interpretation
» Historical Societies
» Law School
» National Parks Service
» Research Organizations
Studying History at BHSU offers opportunities for international travel. One option is the History and Geography of Food in Italy course. This course is team taught with a historian and geographer and includes a trip to Italy to research foods of different Italian regions.
A member of the cross country and track teams, Justin Bergeson is a graduate of 2015. While at BHSU Bergeson served as a mentor for the history department and assisted other students with their history studies. After graduation, Bergeson worked for Senator John Thune in his Washington D.C. office and is now attending law school at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.Courtney Buck
Graduate of 2017, Courtney Buck is currently attending law school at USD. During her time with BHSU, Buck was a University Honors Scholar and conducted research regarding historical trauma on Pine Ridge reservation. She was also on the student leadership team for the Veterans Legacy Program where she developed several biographies and ran trainings on conducting oral history interviews.Donald Keifert
Graduate of 2016, Donald Keifert interned at Mt. Rushmore during his time at BHSU and developed a personal research project on the experiences of Lakota servicemen during WWII. Keifert also had the opportunity to work at Sanford-Homestake Visitor Center in Lead, the Abbey Musuem in Maine, and the Journey Museum in Rapid City.Hugh Cook
BHSU offers one-of-a-kind opportunities to travel abroad and continue studies. Hugh Cook, graduate of 2017, studied abroad in Lithuania and presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Cook researched the history of the pine beetle in the Black Hills. After graduating, Cook went on to work for Senator Enzi in Washington D.C.Kelsey Loftus
Graduate of 2019, Kelsey Loftus studied abroad multiple times. She took the study abroad course, “History of Modern Germany.” Loftus also presented at Botho University International Research Conference in Botswana with Dr. Adam Blackler on the need for greater education on the Herero-Namaqua genocide in Namibia.Lucas Fralick
Currently enrolled in the History Master’s Program at the University of Wyoming, Lucas Fralick is a University Honors Scholar graduate of 2016. Fralick served as Student Senate President and researched President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb.