Department Chair: John Quinn, Ph.D.
The Department of History strives to increase students’ understanding of the past in order to give them a better perspective on the contemporary world. The Department also seeks to acquaint students with the methods employed by historians in interpreting sources and utilizing primary and secondary materials.
The department emphasizes American and European History but requires its majors to take non-Western History courses as well in order to prepare them for life in our present multicultural society. Students pursuing a double major in Secondary Education and History take a mixture of classes in American, European and non-Western History.
Through its emphasis on research, writing and analysis, History prepares students for a variety of careers. In addition to positions in education, History majors pursue graduate studies and law school and find employment in fields such as government, museum studies and business.
The department recognizes the value of foreign study and encourages its majors to study abroad for a semester or for a short term if possible. In addition, History majors are encouraged to complete credit-bearing internships at local museums, libraries or historical societies.
Students may apply three history courses in transfer to a History major and two to a History minor. History majors and minors are required to maintain a 2.0 average in their History courses.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:ConcentrationMinor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.