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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History, B.A.

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About the Program

History Program Director: Dr Peter Siskind

  • Preparation for teaching
  • Preparation for careers in law and government
  • Preparation for graduate school, research and writing
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world

The program in History is designed to expand students’ comprehension of the past so that they can understand the present and prepare for the future. By fostering awareness of the multiple influences behind human action, the program aims to reject simplistic explanations of the past.

Stress is put on the global context and interconnectedness of historical events. Lectures, readings in original and secondary sources, group discussion and presentations, fieldwork, research projects and seminars provide a variety of techniques for understanding the world’s diverse civilizations and the key turning points in their development and interactions.

The program prepares students for careers in teaching, the law, private employment, government service, research and writing, for further study in history on the graduate level, and for responsible citizenship in the contemporary world.

Arcadia University History graduates have gone into management, museum work, marketing, investment counseling, travel and tourism, and many other fields, as well as graduate study in history, law and public administration.

Bachelor of Arts in History

The Bachelor of Arts degree program studies significant events and processes of the past and relates them to the present by examining the changing character of peoples’ values, interests, ambitions and critical problems.


(12 courses; typically 46–48 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128)

Three Introductory-level History Courses

Three introductory-level (100-level) courses in History.

History Research Writing Course

Typicaly to be taken by the end of a student’s second year:

Three Intermediate-level History Courses

Three intermediate-level (200-level) courses in History in addition to HS201.

Three Advanced-level History Courses

Three advanced-level (300-level) courses in History.

Senior Thesis Seminar Courses

Secondary Education Certification in Social Studies

Students interested in secondary certification should consult with their disciplinary adviser and their School of Education adviser as early as possible, preferably freshman year. All Arcadia undergraduates seeking certification must have declared Secondary Education as a minor and formally apply into the teacher certification preparation program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. See the School of Education section of the catalog for Secondary Education certification requirements.

Related Graduate Study at Arcadia University

  • Master of Arts in Humanities with a Concentration in History (See Graduate Catalog.)
  • Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (See Graduate Catalog.)

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