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.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in history

Required courses:

HIS 250 Historian's Craft
HIS 499 Senior Seminar in History


  • Four 3 credit 100 level courses.
  • Six electives at the 200 level or above, two must be non-U.S., two must be 300 level, courses can count toward two requirements.