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.
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.