Learning about the past to understand the present and influence the futureEvery person on Earth is inextricably embedded in History, but its meanings are disputed, as is the meaning of the events of today.
These disputes, and the identities that form around them and make their claims on our future, are always at the center of our attention. Our faculty channel the past and make it recognizable and significant to our Majors.
Develop Valued SkillsThe History degree emphasizes critical thinking, public speaking, analytical writing, and collaborative work, all skills valued by employers in both the government and the private sector. Our majors pursue careers in education, law, business, and the armed services.
Satisfy your CuriosityIn their Senior year, every History Major will complete an original historical project on a topic of their choice. Faculty provide individual supervision to each research project, and The results are frequently presented at the annual Florida Conference of Historians and some are even published in the Conference’s academic journal, The Annals. Senior capstone projects are also ideal writing samples for professional and postgraduate study applications.
Conference ParticipationEvery February, FSC students participate in the annual Florida Conference of Historians where they have the opportunity to meet faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from across the state. In fact, FSC has hosted the Conference twice in the past decade!
McKay Archives CenterThe McKay Archives at FSC contain the Congressional Papers of some of Florida’s past Representatives to the national government, the Florida Citrus Archives, and the archives of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our Majors can work in a real archive without leaving campus.
Phi Alpha ThetaOur Department is the proud home of the Alpha Omicron Nu chapter of the national History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta.
Gain Hands-on Experience through a History Internship
Our Department coordinates for-credit internships at a variety of nearby institutions. While developing their own professional skills and burnishing their resumes, our Majors advance the missions of the Lakeland Public Library, the Polk County History Center, the Plant City Photo Archive, the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library, and the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, If a student is interested in an internship elsewhere, our faculty are eager to expand our list of partners.
All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:
Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.
- A completed application form
- Personal statement
- All official college transcripts
- Social standing form
If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:
- Official high school transcript
- SAT and/or ACT scores
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