Majoring in History at Immaculata will give you an understanding of the relationship of the past to the present, helping you comprehend the complexity of contemporary national and international issues.
You'll learn how to engage in historical research and interpretation, and you'll write a senior thesis for your capstone experience. You'll become knowledgeable about different historical periods, and you'll learn to make informed responses to the human condition and to appreciate the influence of the many cultures of our human heritage.
- A variety of minors, including American and industrial archaeology, Middle East studies, military history, politics, and Irish studies
- Access to local history, such as Revolutionary War battlegrounds, and Philadelphia's many museums and resources
- Opportunities to participate in archaeological digs and receive training in imaging sub-surface objects, cleaning and preserving artifacts, as well as understanding their historical context
- Opportunities to participate in the Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history
- Outside speakers on various topics in history and politics. In recent years, Immaculata has hosted talks by several outstanding speakers, including historian John Lukacs and Pulitzer prize-winner David McCullough.
- Study abroad opportunities
The 21st century will confront American society with a range of new challenges, while older issues will re-emerge. Your background in history will prepare you to analyze and address these challenges, making a direct impact on public policy.
Career options include:
- Employment in local, state, or national government
- Non-profit organizations and advocacy groups
- Print media and broadcast journalism
- Corporations responding to government regulations
- Law enforcement and homeland security
- Environmental resource management
- Urban planning and transportation
- Immigration policy
- Social services
Our graduates have been hired in a variety of arenas, from museums such as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Constitution Center, to secondary school classrooms, law offices, and branches of the U.S. government.
In recent years, our students have held internships at the National Constitution Center, Winterthur Museum, local law offices, the Office of the Chester County Commissioners, the Juvenile Parole Office of Chester County, the Valley Forge National Historical Park, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Archaeological Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, the Narcotics Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and the Smithsonian Institution.
When you successfully complete your history major at Immaculata, you will be able to:
- locate historical evidence and evaluate its credibility
- use historical sources, including primary documents, secondary interpretations, literature and art, and quantitative data
- compare and contrast different interpretations offered by historians
- evaluate major debates among historians
- construct a written historical narrative integrating original research with existing literature
William Watson, Ph.D.
Professor of History
610-647-4400 ext. 3491