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The Department of History and Politics at St. Scholastica offers a number of programs, including:

  • History (major and minor)
  • Social Studies Secondary Education (major)
  • Political Science (minor)
  • American Indian Studies (minor)

The department also contributes to the liberal arts education of all St. Scholastica students.

The study of history and politics:

  • Cultivates creative and critical thinking
  • Fosters an appreciation for the richness and diversity of human experience and for the meaning of human dignity in varied historical and social contexts
  • Encourages responsible work on behalf of human values, justice, and the fuller realization of human potential

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.

Program Outcomes

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:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of US, European, and other areas of world history, as well as of international history, intellectual history/the history of ideas, cultural history, and religious history.
  • Appreciate the role of race, class, ethnicity and gender in history (social 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. 

Formats and Locations

The B.A. History degree and History minor are offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus.

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Randall Poole, Ph.D., Chair, History and Politics Department

The College of St. Scholastica
School of Arts & Letters
Tower Hall, Room 4150F
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-6468