The Department of History and Politics at St. Scholastica offers a number of programs, including:
The department also contributes to the liberal arts education of all St. Scholastica students.
The study of history and politics:
History, the department's core discipline, is the critical study of the human past. Encompassing all spheres of human experience, inquiry, belief and aspiration, it is the most integrative of the humanities. It is essential to any understanding of the human condition.
History satisfies a deep need to know who we are, both as individual persons sharing a common humanity and as members of various groups (whether based on gender, class, ethnicity or religion; or whether local, national or global). The deeper our historical knowledge, the deeper our self-knowledge. And only with this type of knowledge can we formulate wise goals to help guide our future, again both as individuals and collectively. The study of history is an indispensable part of a liberal education — it enables students to make informed judgments on a wide range of public issues and to argue their positions cogently.
History majors learn a lot about the human past. They also learn how to organize and assess evidence, analyze problems, interpret complex events, think critically and argue persuasively. They learn how to speak and write intelligently, clearly and forcefully. They learn about research, analysis, interpretation, and presentation.
These skills are essential for success in many professions. Most history majors do not become professional historians. Rather, they study history as the center of a broad and rigorous education in the liberal arts. Some of the professional paths pursued by history majors include: education, law, politics, journalism, business, public policy, interest group advocacy, civil and foreign service, archival and library science, museum studies, historic preservation and public history. History is also excellent preparation for graduate school in these and other fields.
Specifically, graduates of this program will:
The B.A. History degree and History minor are offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus.