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History, B.A. (optional 7-12 Certification)

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.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”—George Santayana

In addition to exploring historical data, our curriculum encompasses topical courses on a variety of historical subjects and intensive research seminars that will help you develop both factual knowledge about different historical periods and powerful intellectual skills. We offer small, engaging classes and rewarding internship opportunities that produce graduates who are well-prepared for the professional world.

At A Glance

Program: Bachelor of Arts with teaching certification
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Time to Completion Four years

“The excitement of my history professors made me excited about learning. They let you loose to discover what interests you. They guide you and let you develop who you are as a history student. They help steer you into who you want to be. The history professors helped me with my application to a graduate program in museum leadership and wrote me recommendations. My advisor was excited when I emailed him about my acceptance into the master’s program. The coursework helped me to prepare for my graduate studies in museum leadership because of the high degree of excellence my professors required of me. So, moving into graduate school was an easy transition. The history program helped me grow and flourish not only as a student but as a person. I became much more independent, confident and freethinking because of my history professors' confidence in me."

Shannon Lozier '21

History majors can join Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history (IU Chapter: Alpha Alpha Rho), as well as the International Relations Society of Immaculata University. These societies offer special seminars and outside speakers for the benefits of students on various topics in history and politics.

A variety of minors, including American and industrial archaeology, Middle East studies, military history, politics, and Irish studies, can add depth to a history degree.

With “the birthplace of America” in our backyard, you’ll have access to historical sites, such as the National Constitution Center and numerous museums. Revolutionary War battlegrounds, including Valley Forge National Historical Park, are near campus.

Unique 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, is available.

You may choose one of two tracks in the history major:

  • History—a foundational major that provides students with learn practical skills such as interpreting historical documents, preserving artifacts, and learning how to locate historical evidence and evaluate its credibility.
  • History/social studies with secondary education—leads to certification and provides practical experience in middle and high schools. You will need to complete classroom observation and student teaching requirements and fulfill the requirements for teacher certification.

Possible career options include: 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; and social services.

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Student Spotlight

In his senior year of high school, John Schuyler ’23 realized that he wanted to be a high school teacher. He recently earned his B.A. degree in history with secondary education at Immaculata.

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