While completing the 36-credit major, you will learn or improve a second language, and may explore a particular region of the world through programs in area studies, through service learning, or through study abroad.
Our department has strong ties to the SHU Study Abroad Program in Dingle, Ireland where you might study the history of coastal communities and environments with Professor John Roney, in Luxembourg where you may study about the history of American finance in Europe with Professor David Thomson, and to a service learning program in Guatemala where you might help install stoves that greatly improve the quality of life for local people with Professor Charlotte Gradie.
We also have a study abroad program in Rome, and the department is an affiliate member of The American School for Classical Studies at Athens, while other study abroad opportunities we are developing may take you to China or Japan with Professor Luesink.
Sacred Heart has a chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, and a History Club that offer opportunities to think historically with other students in casual settings outside the classroom, and an annual long weekend student trip with Professor McLaughlin and Thomson that might take you to Boston, Harper’s Ferry, or Gettysburg and give you a chance to present research at an academic conference.
The department and the College of Arts and Sciences also offer support for internships and independent study projects that will give you opportunities to refine your research and writing skills. The department has a newsletter, an annual dinner with faculty, and an annual lecture where a leading historian is brought in to share their research with the Sacred Heart community.