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Department of History

Bloomsburg University's Department of History is dedicated to honing students' intellectual skills and fostering their love of learning, while providing a solid grounding in American, European and world history. Students often present their research at honors conferences; several student research papers have won prizes and several more have been published. The history faculty is composed of dedicated working scholars who make teaching their first professional priority.

The faculty collectively have produced a long list of important books, research articles and conference presentations. They daily bring this professional experience and expertise into the classroom, where it's integrated into teaching. The department works constantly to improve service for students, evident, for instance, in the accessibility of faculty, the variety of internship opportunities available to students and the quality of student advisement.

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. 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.

History graduates pursue a wide variety of careers, such as law, law enforcement, public history, public administration and education. Graduates are also teaching in primary and secondary schools across the country. Many students have pursued graduate school in history and several have gone on to careers as university professors. Others have distinguished themselves in the business and corporate worlds, in industries ranging from insurance to high-technology information services.

Department of History

Department Chairperson
  Jennifer Oast | joast@bloomu.edu
Department Secretary
  Rosemary Huber | rhuber@bloomu.edu

Department of History
Arts & Administration Building
Second Floor, Room 286
Fax: 570-389-4946

Minor in History

The history minor program provides at least one directed exercise in independent historical research; a minimal background in those courses at the 100 level that are required of history majors; flexibility in framing a minor pertinent to the student's academic interest; and at least one course at an advanced level.


The Husky Difference

This is an introduction to the role of history in public education as well as its importance. This project was done through BU's URSCA program.

This video breaks down the five C's, which are skills that historians use when doing research. This video is a product of BU's URSCA program.


May grad caps BU career with two prestigious awards

Laura Comstock, a graduating senior, has won the two most prestigious awards the Department of History has to offer. She won the 2019 Outstanding Research Project prize for her URSCA-funded investigation entitled “Egyptian identify and Thawara 1919: An analysis of Coptic Egyptian identity in the context of Egyptian nationalism.”

Comstock also won the department’s James R. Sperry Award for 2019-20, given each year to the “outstanding graduating senior” across the academic year. In nominating her, a history faculty member praised Comstock’s commitment to academic excellence by “design[ing] a demanding program for herself, … electing to major in history and Arabic, in addition to minoring in Middle East Studies and political science.”

The faculty member noted she became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society (a national honor society for first-generation college students), and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.” She has also been exceptionally active in service, as an officer for the Arabic Club, and as president of the Muslim Student Association.

Laura Comstock

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