History, B.A.

History: The ongoing chronicle of the human experience

Haven’t we all heard that those who do not understand history are destined to repeat it?

As a History major at University of Saint Joseph, you will delve deep into the annals of local, national and world history. Your study of the past will enable you to interpret the present in order to shape the future. Your work as a modern historian will sharpen your communication and research ability, thereby cultivating the critical thinking skills required by many graduate programs and professional organizations.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum

As an attorney, I use the research, writing and critical thinking skills I developed as a history major at USJ on a daily basis. USJ’s history department’s faculty mentors challenged me to ask questions, look past the obvious and seek opportunities to put the skills I learned to use. While at USJ, I interned at the Connecticut General Assembly and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. With a strong foundation of concrete knowledge, skills and experiences, I successfully completed law school and started my career as an associate attorney.

– Breana Vessichio ’13

Professional Internships

Students of History participate in internships at some of the most exciting organizations within the Greater Hartford community. Most recently, students have gained experience and insight through work with the Connecticut Historical Society, the Wethersfield Historical Society, the Noah Webster House, the Stowe-Day Memorial Library, the Connecticut Legislative Offices, United Technologies and more.

Exciting Career Opportunities

Many graduates of our program have gone on to work as archivists, museum directors, staff, public and business administrators, elementary and secondary school teachers and education administrators. Graduate study in History can lead to careers in law, research, college teaching, journalism and government. Other career options include:

  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Departmental Historian
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Organizer
  • Politician
  • Public Administrator/Manager
  • Public Opinion Pollster
  • Research/Technical Advisor
  • Tour Guide
  • University Researcher

Program Curriculum

One of the university’s founding majors, the departmental program combines traditional courses with new approaches in order to reach a better understanding of the world today and prepare students for numerous career interests and/or graduate work.

Students completing a history major will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of American and world history
  • Develop the skills of historical thinking, including the ability to analyze and contextualize original documents
  • Evaluate how history shapes identity and events (personal, national, global, etc.) in the past and present
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a historical period or issue with attention to unfamiliar possibilities and cultural perspectives
  • Apply historical method to a significant research project
  • Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication, critical thinking and presentation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of career opportunities and graduate programs

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