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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.

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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.

Latest News

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.

West Cork People: The Dying Rebel: Remembering Sean Hurley and the road to revolution

April 7, 2016

Throughout Ireland’s long struggle for independence, the ballad, or hero song, emerged as a cultural staple for commemorating historical events and figures in public form. While such songs can often miss the historical complexities of the time periods that they depict, their value can be seen in their ability to provide a window into the emotional and personal elements of the ordinary men and women who participated in such events, a facet, which often doesn’t come across in more formal histories. While the subjects and inspirations for popular narrative ballads are many and varied, they all provide listeners with valuable insights into the subjects that they immortalise in song.

Sacred Heart University to Host Regional History Day Competition

February 17, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Sacred Heart University will host Connecticut History Day’s Fairfield Regional Competition on Saturday, March 19. Faculty and staff from the University’s History Department and School of Communication and Media Arts are organizing this day-long event, along with Connecticut History Day regional and state coordinators.