About The Program

As a history major, you will develop a broad understanding of history and create meaningful interpretations of the past that are relevant to life today. In addition to delving into a wide array of historical topics, you’ll have the chance to specialize your studies based on your academic interests and career goals.

You’ll develop research skills and enhance your ability to address complex questions, communicate effectively, and think critically and creatively. You’ll gain practical experience and real-world application through a variety of internship and study abroad opportunities. Our alumni have earned jobs in diverse fields, including education, law, business, journalism, and policy analysis. Many have gone on to prestigious graduate or law schools.

Jim Broussard teaching about the American Resolution at Lebanon Valley College


Check out Professor James Broussard teaching a class on the lead-up to the American Revolution. He describes actions by the British government, such as the Stamp Act and stationing British troops Boston, that American colonists began to view as an overreach of power.

Why LVC?

  • History majors engage in original research projects, often in collaboration with faculty, and present papers at academic conferences and for departmental honors.
  • LVC helps place history students in a wide variety of interesting internships.
  • Our history majors participate in unique trips, including one to Washington, D.C., every November for a European Union Simulation.
  • Many of our department graduates earn advanced degrees, including at such prestigious schools as Georgetown University, Northeastern University, and The New School in New York City.
  • Our programs combine a rigorous academic experience with many exciting opportunities to engage in hands-on learning beyond the classroom.
  • 100 percent of history majors in our two most recent classes received LVC scholarship support.
  • Majors will have opportunities to conduct research and present their work with faculty in the College’s Center for Political History, the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Program courses are designed to strengthen students’ communication, critical thinking, and research skills, while broadening their knowledge of past human and societal behavior. Many students do an internship as part of their program.
  • Recent student-faculty research in history has been supported by Arnold and other College grants. These projects include researching LVC’s 150-year history, Nicaragua’s Sandino Rebellion (Marine Corps Research Center, Quantico, Va.,/U.S. National Archives (Washington, D.C.), the ethnic history of Hazleton, Pa., and the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt. The latter student presented his research in a paper to the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy.
  • A history degree prepares students for graduate study and a wide variety of careers, including law, business, government, education, museum work, and journalism. Many students also minor in history.
  • LVC also offers a major in applied history, in which students choose from one of five tracks: history and business, history and communication, history and law, history and public policy, and history and secondary teacher certification.


LVC has been really good—even better than I expected. My goal for the future is to become a professor of Middle Eastern studies, especially Islamic history, so that I can teach youth about their world’s history.

History and Religion Double Major

Amr Hassanein '18

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