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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.
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.
College of Arts & Sciences Hosts Inaugural Faculty Showcase
February 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The University Commons area and adjacent classrooms at Sacred Heart University were a hive of activity Feb. 8 as SHU’s College of Arts & Sciences hosted its inaugural CASCon event. The conference showcased the work of 55 faculty members from multiple disciplines. They formed 15 panels to provide presentations that emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of faculty scholarship and reaffirmed the College’s commitment to faculty scholarship and undergraduate research.
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."