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Why should you study history at Sacred Heart?

Albert Einstein once said that a college education was not primarily about learning facts but about “training of the mind to think.” As a major, you will explore American history with primary sources and discover an appreciation for societies other than your own. The higher thinking skills we teach are transferrable to a wide range of professions including teaching, law, government, the pursuit of research graduate degrees, and business management. An article in the Los Angeles Times shows that mid-career salaries of history majors are on par with those holding a business bachelor’s degree, and this does not include those who went on to law or graduate school.

Today everyone has access to more data than they can ever consume, but we will teach you how to critically evaluate the significance and utility of large amounts of information from contemporary sources and from the analyses of historians. You will also gain the confidence to conduct self-directed learning and define your own research questions and goals. As a history major, you will have the opportunity to produce a senior thesis project for your employment portfolio to demonstrate your ability to work with large amounts of information to formulate a focused historical question and an argument in response, and use relevant evidence to support that argument. Most importantly, you will be able to express and defend your argument orally and in writing. There is no employer who does not want someone with these skills. Come join our faculty who offer courses that explore the histories of the U.S., Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and Ancient Greece and Rome.

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Program Offerings

In addition to the major and minor, multi-disciplinary minors are available in:


History is the systematic, critical study of the past. It seeks to understand and explain the course of human development, that we may better comprehend the path that has led to the present, with the understanding that the present itself is inextricably linked to the past and future. Historians gather, evaluate, and organize evidence, creating a coherent explanatory narrative. The craft of history develops a variety of abilities, including research, critical thinking, problem-solving, and the clear presentation of ideas. These skills have general application to many fields of endeavor. In addition, the breadth of knowledge imparted by a major in history creates a cosmopolitan perspective much sought after in today's interconnected world.

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Transforming the Earth: Survival and Sustainability in Chinese Agricultural Terracing Campaigns, 1949-Present

November 6, 2017

Sigrid Schmalzer, Ph.D. is a leading scholar of science in twentieth-century China. This talk will be relevant for students and faculty with an interest in biology, environment, agriculture, Cold War politics and history of twentieth century.

SHU History major Megan Marcucci presents paper at the New England Historical Association's fall conference

November 3, 2017

Sacred Heart University History major Megan Marcucci presented her paper "Breaking the Silence: the Story of the Ixil Maya of Union Victoria during the Guatemalan Civil War" at the New England Historical Association's fall conference at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Professor Thomson Speaks at U.S. Treasury Department about its role in the Civil War

November 1, 2017

David Thomson, assistant professor of history at Sacred Heart University, was at the U.S. Treasury Dept. in Washington, D.C., recently to explain its vital role in the Civil War. “We Were Whipped in the Treasury Department: Bonds, the U.S. Treasury and Winning the Civil War” focused on Thomson’s research of the United States’ debt from the American Civil War.