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  • Abagale Steidl, Esq. '10
  • Kevin Woods '10
  • Ashley Crothers '09
  • Amanda (Rooney) Stierli '07
  • Rev. David Bowman '08
  • Kayla (Cashner) Shook '07

Thiel College is an exciting place to be a history major. As a student in the history department, you’ll study the origins of contemporary civilization and its political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. You’ll learn how to find, analyze, and interpret historical evidence, as well as develop a sense of historical perspective.

History Majors and Minors

History majors develop an ability to communicate well, both written and orally, and expand their capacity to think clearly and analytically. They also learn to develop a historical perspective and apply that knowledge to historical sites and events. Majors are required to complete 39 history credits in order to graduate. Course options include: American history, the French Revolution and modern China, to name a few.

Thiel also offers two minors in the department: History and Gender Studies. Both minors consist of 18 credit hours and assist students in their career goals or in applying to graduate school.

Study Abroad and Opportunities on Campus

Thiel students have the exciting chance to study abroad and history majors have many locations to choose from. Students have recently studied in places like Italy and Nicaragua where they learned to understand global cultures and histories. Service trips are also available over school breaks.

History students are also encouraged to join Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Once you complete the required classes and meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, you’re eligible for membership. This is a perfect chance to meet other history students and present your research at regional and national conferences!

What are alumni doing with their Thiel history degree?

With a B.A in history from Thiel, you can pursue various job opportunities. If you dream of being a history teacher, you can obtain your teaching certification through the education department. Other job options include positions in information management, ministry, museum curating and law.

Recent alumni have pursued jobs as lawyers, teachers, pastors, counselors, supervisors and congressional staffers. Read more about our featured alumni to learn how a history degree from Thiel has impacted their lives.

Want to learn more about pursuing your bachelor’s in history at Thiel? Request more information today!

Department Stories

Sarah McConnell '18 talks about her internship experience at Appomattox Court House

Victoria Hermann '17 discusses her time in Washington D.C. as part of the Washington Semester Program

Amanda (Rooney) Stierli '07 received the Young Alumni Award during the 2015 Homecoming celebration