History

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Program Facts

  • Designed for students who want to dig deeply into the historical roots of today's world and to learn how to think critically about current issues.
  • A truly global curriculum, with courses that span a wide range of periods, geographic regions and topics.
  • Courses are challenging, classes are small, and faculty work closely with students.
  • Professors are experts in their areas of study and dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service.
  • Students learn how to effectively analyze, organize, assess and interpret information, while honing their persuasive writing and discussion skills.

Research and Internships

History majors and minors complete a research project in the required 4000-level seminar, and are encouraged to pursue independent research projects supervised by faculty mentors. A wide range of internships are available at the St. Louis County Historical Society, with which the department has close ties; at numerous other organizations and agencies in Duluth and in Minnesota; and in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Semester Program at American University. There are also research and internship opportunities available with The Middle Ground, a professional online journal for world historians, edited in the Department of History and Politics.

Careers

Skills that history majors learn - critical thinking, effective writing, excellent organization and more - are essential for success in many professions. While some history majors become professional historians, most go on to work in education, law, politics, journalism, media, publishing, business, public policy, interest group advocacy, civil and foreign service, archival and library science, museum studies, historic preservation and public history. Obtaining a degree in History is also excellent preparation for graduate school in these and other fields; our students  have gone on to graduate or law school at Harvard, Columbia, UCLA, the University of Minnesota and many other fine institutions.

Become a history or social studies teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more

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  • "The skills that I learned at St. Scholastica were invaluable in my first position after college: program coordinator and research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a renowned think tank in Washington, D.C. Because of the guidance of my history professors, I was also accepted into every graduate program that I applied to-including Harvard, which I decided to attend after getting some practical experience in the field of public policy. The CSS history major opened more doors than I could ever imagine. I highly recommend it."

    – Tobias Peter, ‘11