Department of History Programs

The Department of History’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on a deep understanding of the myriad forces creating our modern world and develops students’ analytical, communication, and problem solving skills. Faculty are nationally-recognized researchers whose broad expertise allows students to gain an understanding of American, European, and non-Western history. Students are taught to analyze complex evidence, to recognize bias in both contemporary and historical sources, and to understand how history is constructed.

Candidates for the bachelor of science in history are motivated to teach. In their pursuit to understand particular events and to know how and why things happened, they also consider how to relate this information to middle school or high school students. Often serving as coaches, team leaders, tutors, or assistants, their investigations into the human experience and research into the origins, nature, and effects of historical change become an exercise to hone their skills for the practice of teaching. Upon the completion of the degree and awarding of teacher certification, many of our graduates find employment in Connecticut schools. They often pursue master’s level work in history, the humanities, or the social sciences before perhaps moving on to doctoral work in education. Highly motivated candidates not only complete a student teaching internship, but also pursue internships in various local historical societies and museums. Our small faculty to student ratio allows students to conduct research with their professors and for the highly motivated to pursue departmental honors work.

Candidates for the bachelor of arts in history value the investigation of the human experience. They come to the study history because they possess a great enthusiasm for research into the origins, nature, and effects of historical change. They seek to understand particular events and to know how and why things happened. This course of study prepares them to enter a variety of fields and industries that value critical thinking, the ability to conduct research, and an ease of communication. Upon the completion of the degree, some of our graduates pursue master’s level or doctoral work in the field or in allied studies while others find employment in administrative positions, social service work, business operations, national and international sales, local, state, & federal government, or non-profit endeavors. Our small faculty to student ratio allows students to conduct research with their professors, to experience internships in the field, and for the highly motivated to pursue departmental honors work.

Looking to deepen your historical knowledge? A Certificate in History at Southern might be your answer. Certificates provide extended study in a particular field (American, European, non-Western) similar to a graduate-level minor. Recipients have used their certificates to distinguish their academic records demonstrating competency in advanced historical coursework. Whether you are a secondary education teacher looking for enhanced content for your classroom, a graduate in an allied field wanting to add historical study to your skillset, or someone interested in history for personal development, a Certificate in History is for you.

The Master of Arts (MA) in History provides candidates with advanced historical coursework ranging from the Ancient to the Modern world in the areas of U.S., European, and Non-Western History. Southern’s History MA allows secondary education teachers to broaden and increase their knowledge base for their classrooms, while providing a firm foundation for other candidates interested in pursuing university teaching positions and advanced PhD level research. Our program grants maximum flexibility that caters towards individual student interests. Graduates of the program have found employment in the growing field of family history, teaching in the parochial schools, and have been placed in PhD programs such as Notre Dame and Columbia. Financial support is available in the form of Graduate Assistantships for teaching and research. Our faculty enjoy a small student to faculty ratio and are always willing to help. Explore History with Southern.

The Department of History Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. The program is designed specifically for students who have already obtained a bachelor's degree in history and want to teach at the secondary level. Candidates will complete courses in education and history methods, along with regular fieldwork in a variety of settings, to prepare for student teaching during the culminating semester of study. These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Students seeking a minor in history wish to enhance their studies with an historical investigation into the human experience. Perhaps a particular course piqued their interest or the study of history provides a path for parallel research into the origins, nature, and effects of historical change. Majors in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences are all well- served by a minor in history.