History at Carroll College
What to Expect
Carroll’s history department aims to provide all Carroll students with an appreciation for history so that they may have a clearer understanding of the society—locally as well as globally—within which they live. The department also strives to provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills so that they may pursue professional careers in the field of history and history-related areas. The History Department offers a broad range of courses in European, American, East Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and Latin American history. Lower-division course offerings include the History of Western Civilization, the Ancient Mediterranean, Medieval History, Nineteenth-century Europe, and the History of the United States, These courses provide the foundation for students who wish to pursue professional careers in history and history-related fields. We also teach a significant number of upper-division courses, including Gender History, the Second World War Era, and 20th-century US history, which enable our students to obtain an increasingly sophisticated knowledge of history. Required capstone courses for history majors include Historiography and Research Seminar, where students write an original research paper.
Student Learning Outcomes
As a history major or minor, you will learn to:
1. Think critically and analytically about a variety of topics
2. Be able to read, comprehend, analyze, and correctly cite primary and secondary sources.
3. Gain a sense of historical awareness and the importance of the historical past and events
4. Develop strong writing skills, including the ability to make an original argument about historical topics and the ability to discuss particular issues in writing using the proper grammar, spelling, and formatting.
Life After Graduation
Carroll history graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas. Some graduates teach history at the secondary level, work for a historical society or museum, or work for government agencies. However, many history graduates also go on to pursue a Master’s or a Ph.D. in history, and some enter law school. Recent history graduates have gone on to earn Master’s degrees from schools such as Boston College, Dominican University, and California State University.
Is this major for you?
Do you have a passion for history? Are you curious about career opportunities for history majors?
History students leave Carroll with a strong history background combined with writing and communication skills that are developed in unique ways. We ask a lot of our students and we offer many opportunities for you to develop your academic skills. Carroll has maintained a long-standing connection with the Phi Alpha Theta Chapter. History students submit papers to the Northwest Regional History Conference and many are selected to present their papers at the regional conference held annually. Additionally, communication skills are enhanced through foreign language classes and study abroad programs.
The mission of the Department of History at Carroll College is twofold. First, it is our responsibility to provide all Carroll students with an appreciation for history so that they may have a clearer understanding of the society—locally as well as globally—within which they live. Our second responsibility is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills so that they may pursue professional careers in the field of history and history-related areas. This twin mission of the department is a direct outgrowth of the Carroll College Mission statement, which declares that the school “is dedicated to providing its students the means for their full realization of a dual goal of vocation and enlightenment.”