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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 transferable 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.

Latest News

Sacred Heart to Host History Day Again for Area Students

March 1, 2018

The annual Fairfield regional contest for Connecticut History Day will take place at Sacred Heart University Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This marks the third year SHU is hosting this academic showcase for middle school and high school students in and around Fairfield County. More than 260 projects will be presented that day, involving more than 300 students from schools in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, Milford, New Canaan, Redding, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Westport and Wilton.

Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics

February 14, 2018

Sacred Heart University's Department of History will host "Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics" with historian Kimberly Phillips Fein, a professor at New York University. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 14, at 2 p.m.

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.