History Major

By examining human behavior in the past, the study of history can help us better understand ourselves and others. Students of history also learn how to gather and analyze information and present their conclusions in clear, concise language. The History major at Lebanon Valley offers a particularly strong foundation in communication, critical thinking and research skills. These are qualities that virtually all employers seek.

An undergraduate degree in History thus prepares students for graduate study and a wide variety of careers, including law, business, government, education, museum work, and journalism. Many students participate in internships as part of their program. Students may also minor in History.

At Lebanon Valley, we also offer 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. Each of these tracks combines the core History major with a second group of courses designed to help prepare students for one or more specific career paths. For more information, click on the Applied History Major link at the left.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in history

Required courses:
HIS 150 The Business of History

HIS 250 The Historian's Craft
HIS 251 Topics in Political History
HIS 252 Topics in Economic History
HIS 253 Topics in Comparative History
HIS 254 Topics in the History of the Americas
HIS 350 Introduction to Public History

Three from the following:
HIS 103 The Ancient World: the Dawn of Civilization to the Fall of the Han and Roman Empires
HIS 104 The Second Age of Empires: World History from the Fall of Rome to the Mongol Invasions
HIS 105 Formation of the Modern World
HIS 125 United States History to 1865
HIS 126 United States History since 1865

Two HIS electives.

Internship (minimum 2 credits):
HIS 400 Internship

Three credits from the following:
HIS 460 Undergraduate Research
HIS 499 Senior Seminar in History