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History (B.A.)

Students begin their education in history with a carefully planned series of introductory courses that provide a fundamental survey-level knowledge of the history of the United States, as well as world and regional history.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.A.
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Chair of the Department of History, Professor
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They then go on to upper-level seminar courses where they develop a deeper level of knowledge and enhance their ability to work accurately and critically with secondary sources and with primary source documents. Upper-level courses place heavy emphasis on writing, oral presentation and research skills. They also foster use of technology that facilitate historical research and analysis.

These include detailed study of United States history and western civilization, historiography and historical methods, research and writing skills, then options in Asian civilization, modern China and Japan, Latin America, and five courses relating to African history. History majors then work with their adviser to take five upper-division history specialization courses.

 

Courses and Curriculum

With the intention of providing diversity as well as the better understanding of the student's own world, the Department of History mandates key base requirements but also offers upper level course options. To promote a basic knowledge of global cultures the department requires two surveys in American history, two surveys in western civilization, and two surveys from a selection of African, Asian, Muslim world, and Latin American courses. To facilitate understanding of the historian's craft, students must take Historiography and Research and Writing Skills. The remaining 15 of the 39 academic credits for the major come from upper level offerings of which one course must be in United States, one in European, and one in non-western history.

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Scholarships

The James R. Sperry Award
This is the most prestigious award given by the Department of History at Bloomsburg University. It recognizes the outstanding graduating senior each academic year and is awarded on the basis of overall academic performance, commitment to humanistic learning, and service to the Department.

Outstanding Research Project
This is award is presented annually by the Department of History to the student who submits the best research project in an upper-level history course completed during the calendar year.

Douglas Miller Memorial Scholarships
History major or minor; 3.0 GPA minimum
Requires 500-750 word personal statement

Robert D. Warren Digital History Scholarship
History major or minor; 3.25 GPA minimum
Preference for career interest in/commitment to digital humanities, public history, or archival work

Mary A. Moore Taubel Scholarships, six awards
Rising seniors, requires research paper on a historical topic, and two letters of recommendation from Department of History faculty members
Rising juniors, requires two letters of recommendation from Department of History faculty members
Rising sophomores, requires one letter of recommendation from a Department of History faculty member

John J. Serff Memorial Scholarship
Rising senior History or Education – Citizenship major

William A. Turnbach Scholarship
Rising junior or senior major in History or Foreign Language(s)
Preference for Hazleton, West Hazleton, Bishop Hafey graduates

Erma M. Hefferan Scholarship
History or Education - Citizenship major; preference for students planning to teach

Erma M. Hefferan Study Abroad Scholarship
History or Education-Citizenship major: preference for students planning to teach

The Husky Difference

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Stepping Stone
Nearly half of the history majors identified by an American Community Survey went on to graduate school.

Careers

One in five history majors pursue a career in education, according to American Community Survey data, while 11% work in the legal field and 15% work in management. In fact, education, the legal field, and business make up around half of all careers with a history degree. Around 10% of all history majors work in sales, applying their powers of persuasion on customers. They work in government, administration, and public services, fields that require strong communication and writing skills.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • archivist
  • curator
  • hospitality
  • lawyer
  • librarian
  • journalist
  • museum conservator
  • public policy
  • research analyst
  • teacher

Top Skills Employers are Looking For

  • analytical
  • detail-oriented approach
  • interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • oral and written communication
  • presenting research and using technology to do so

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