The past has shaped our current world and has impacted every community and individual. Through the study of history, we learn about and evaluate human actions, ideas, goals and relationships. A historical perspective enables us to place politics, scientific discoveries, cultural advancements and global events in context. What might seem cliché is profoundly true: in order to make the best decisions for the present and the future, we must truly understand the past.
History is the perfect major for someone who is interested in fostering a deeper connection with the past. My own interest in history began when I was a child in Maine. I was shown a cannonball that a British ship had fired through our neighbor’s house during the War of 1812. The notion that our neighborhood had once been on the frontline of a war fascinated me. In many ways the research that I do today, examining how international relations shaped the formation of American identity in the 19th Century, is tied directly to that cannonball.
David Dzurec III, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Why History is in Demand
- Studying the past provides context for the present and perspective for the future.
- Strong skills in writing, verbal and interpersonal communication, research, analysis and critical thinking are assets in any career.
- With adept research and writing skills, history majors are thoroughly prepared to pursue graduate school and advanced studies in topics ranging from law to medicine and everything in between.
- History majors have a range of opportunities and successful outcomes. Here are just a few famous examples: Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook), Martha Stewart, Conan O’Brien (talk show host), Ayn Rand (author) and 47th Vice President Joe Biden.
Is it for me?
- Curious and persistent?
- Eager to analyze information and draw conclusions?
- A good storyteller?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for History
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Where will history take me?
Many students pursue advanced degrees in history or other subjects. Others go directly into the workforce. Scranton has an impressive number of graduates who receive Fulbright fellowships or teaching assistantships throughout the world. The learning outcomes speak for themselves.
Top Graduate and Law Schools
Just some of the prestigious schools which have admitted our recent history graduates:
- Boston College
- College of William and Mary
- Drexel University
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- Yale University
Here are some of the organizations in the public and private sectors employing Scranton graduates:
- ABC News
- AXA Consulting
- Bankers Trust Company
- Chase Manhattan Bank
- Fox News
- Judge Advocate General’s Corps
- Office of the Attorney General
- Paine Weber
- Teach for America
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Military
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
The skills learned as a history major at Scranton represent the best of the liberal arts. Critical thinking, exceptional communication skills, knowledge in a broad range of subjects, and an ethical approach to your professional and personal life—these attributes matter and will lead you to success.
Here is a sampling of graduates and their accomplishments:
- Julia Frakes '17 accepted a position with Yale University Press.
- Stephanie Pisko '12, received her J.D. from Seton Hall Law School in 2015 where she was editor-in-chief of the Seton Hall Law Review.
- Benjamin Turcea '15 was awarded a Fulbright to Mongolia.
- Katie Turnbull '10 works for AXA Consulting and has worked in Paris and New York City.
- Tricia Ross '07, received her master’s degree from Yale University and is graduating with her Ph.D. from Duke University where she focused on the Protestant Reformation in her doctoral dissertation.
- Kathleen Sprows Cummings '93, is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.
- Yohuru Williams '93 is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.