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History (B.A.)

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Major: History

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Total credit hours: 39

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

Thiel College history majors can expect to take courses designed to acquaint you with the origins of contemporary civilization; its political, economic, social and cultural aspects; to awaken a consciousness of other cultures, ways of life and thought and standards of value; to recreate as fully and as accurately as possible significant periods of past history; and to teach you how to find, analyze and interpret historical evidence and to develop a sense of historical perspective.

As a history major in your junior or senior year, you must present at an academic conference or complete a history related internship.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2021-2022) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of contemporary society—its people, ideas and institutions.
  2. Analyze the cause(s) and result(s) of historical events across a broad spectrum.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of human experiences as represented through history.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of major historical factors as embodied in the principle historical cultures.
  5. Be able to find, analyze and interpret historical evidence and to develop historical perspective.
  6. Be able to apply an historical perspective when visiting an historical site or attending an historical conference.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to history majors are:

  • Dr. Roy H. Johnson Memorial Award
  • Luther Malmberg Scholarship Fund
  • Gilbert & Dorothy J. Taylor Scholarship

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. A history major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • History Club
  • Veritas Ars Quaero (Humanities Research Honorary Society)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honorary Society)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

Studying history prepares you for a wealth of careers and post-graduate study including museum curating, information management, ministry, education and many more.

Recent Thiel graduates with degrees in history have gone into business, graduate school, law school, and work at the Holocaust Museum and public school teaching. A history major who desires to teach can also obtain elementary or secondary school certification through additional required coursework in the Education department.