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History students love to pull at a thread to see what unravels, and explore the depths of a topic to uncover root causes instead of just scratching the surface. If this sounds like you, think about majoring in history at St. Scholastica.

Work closely with expert faculty members as you move through a global curriculum that covers a wide range of time periods, geographic regions and topics. Gain critical thinking, writing and organizational skills that will serve you well no matter what field you pursue.

Graduates emerge from this program with a broader perspective and a new ability to analyze current issues. While some history majors become professional historians, a vast range of careers will be available to you, including education, law, politics, publishing, business, public policy and more.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Program Overview

Program Outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of US, international history, intellectual history/the history of ideas, cultural history and religious history
  • Appreciate the role of race, class, ethnicity and gender in history
  • Evaluate primary documents and historical scholarship and become acquainted with major trends in historiography
  • Plan, conduct and present historical research projects
  • Understand how history shapes ideas and practices of citizenship and liberal democracy, struggles for social justice and human values
  • Appreciate the integral nature of history and the liberal arts and sciences


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.



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.

Career Outlook

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.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.