Bachelor of Arts, Department of History

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See program requirements, course sequences and more in the Course Catalog.

Program Mission

The mission of the History Program is to build historical knowledge, to develop the methods of historians, to understand the historical record, and to create historical arguments and narratives, thereby influencing students to gain a greater understanding of their own place in history, as well as the significance of the Benedictine order, to appreciate the past of the Catholic faith tradition, to act as informed observers in the world, and to develop critical habits of mind and skills that will serve them in a professional capacity.

Degree Objectives

  • Understand world history from the point of view of their own Western, Christian cultural tradition.
  • Understand and appreciate the contributions of non-Western peoples to world history and civilization.
  • To make mature judgments about contemporary public questions based upon an understanding of history.
  • Acquire habits of intellectual honesty and clarity.
  • Develop critical, analytical thinking abilities essential to professional work in government, business, law, journalism, and teaching.
  • Do research using the tools and skills of the professional historian.


John F. Romano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
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Other Department Offerings

  • Minor in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science