Department of History

Department of History

College of Liberal Arts Celebration of Scholarship

Whether practical or theoretical, research is done through many methods and for many purposes — even to simply introduce a historical figure to the Internet. And Curtis Bratton, a senior history major, is doing just that. He’s helping to bring the legacy of Harry L. Magee, a well-known Bloomsburg business owner of the 20th century and a collector of many things, into focus for today’s digital generation.

Following graduation, Bratton will be pursuing a master's degree in military history at Southern New Hampshire University.

Department Contacts

Old Science Hall 104
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: 570-389-4156

Chair: Jeffrey A. Davis, Ph.D. | email
Secretary: Rosemary Huber | email

The Bloomsburg University Department of History delivers a great course of studies where students and faculty work together in pursuit of excellence.

Students who major or minor in history at Bloomsburg bring to their college experience both excellent high school credentials and strong intellectual curiosity. The Department of History provides scholarships for outstanding students; in fact, no major at Bloomsburg University offers more scholarships and fellowships than does the Department of History. The department is dedicated to honing students' intellectual skills and fostering their love of learning, while providing a solid grounding in American, European and world history.

The excellence of the program is manifest in the academic success of our students and faculty. Students in the program 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 is integrated into teaching that students routinely recognize as excellent. Faculty and secretarial staff members all work constantly to improve service for our 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 training 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 in the Department of History place heavy emphasis on writing, oral presentation and research skills. They also foster use of computers and other information technologies that facilitate historical research and analysis.

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

Successful undergraduate students in the Department of History pursue a wide variety of careers. Many go on to successful careers in fields normally associated with history, such as law, law enforcement, public history, public administration and education. Students from the program are teaching in primary and secondary schools across the United States. Many of students have pursued graduate training in history at major universities 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.

Minor in History

The program for the history minor provides the following features: at least one directed exercise in independent historical research; a minimal background in those courses at the 100 level that are basic to and 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.