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Many people "love" history because it offers them a chance to step outside their immediate surroundings and find enjoyment in a different time and space. Historians also enjoy history, yet they add a distinctive critical thinking and writing dimension to their study. Taking elective or required courses leading toward a major and minor in history or, for non-majors, simply taking elective courses, allows students to greatly improve their ability to understand our multicultural and global world, improve their research skills, critically analyze documents, and solve problems requiring a breadth of knowledge. A major in history is an excellent preparation for careers in teaching, research, law, government service, management, and a variety of graduate programs.

Our faculty oversee a 36-credit major within which some 90 students are currently enrolled, and they administer a number of ancillary programs in area studies, service learning, and study abroad as well as a chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. In addition, the department encourages and offers support for internships and independent study projects that offer students opportunities to refine their research and writing skills while pursuing specialized learning objectives, and numerous study abroad opportunities to enhance their global perspectives. The Department of History is an affiliate member of The American School for Classical Studies at Athens.

Program Offerings

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

Mission

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.

Latest News

Kilby to Speak on Ice Age Time Capsules

October 4, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Human Journey Colloquia Series will host Dr. J. David Kilby, associate professor at Texas State University, on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. His talk is entitled, "Ice Age Time Capsules: Clovis Caches and Pleistocene Adaptations in the Northern Hemisphere."

Kilby to Speak on Ice Age Archeology of North America

October 4, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Human Journey Colloquia Series will host Dr. J. David Kilby, associate professor at Texas State University, on Thursday, October 27, at 4 p.m. in the Curtis Hall Theater. His talk is entitled, "Ice Age Archeology of North America: Historical and Current Perspectives on the First Americans."

Professor Roney Discusses Ireland's Coastal Environment While on Sabbatical in Dingle

June 13, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University Professor John B. Roney has been presenting a variety of lectures on understanding the coastal environment in Ireland while on sabbatical in Dingle. The history professor plans to continue this work throughout the spring and summer.