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History Degree

What is History?

History is the study of how people, institutions, societies and civilizations change over time. Historians analyze the past in order to understand how and why change occurs. This field, however, is not just about the prior events. History majors draw upon historical lessons to better understand our world in the present.

Historians explore all aspects of human activities, from politics and philosophy to war and women's rights. Individuals with a great deal of curiosity about a wide-range of topics and who are interested in asking questions and engaging in scholarly debate will excel in this field.


What makes Walsh's History curriculum unique?

  • Two areas of concentration. Though courses are offered in all areas of world history, Walsh's History major gives students the ability to concentrate on one of two distinct areas: U.S. or European history.
  • Global learning. Walsh History students have the opportunity to study abroad at our Rome campus.
  • Well-rounded education. The coursework in our History major makes it easy for students to double-major in other fields such as Museum Studies, Philosophy, English and Communication.

In addition, students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree. 

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

All History majors are required to take two semesters each in introductory world and U.S. history, a library research workshop and a senior capstone course. In addition, students must select a concentration in U.S. or European history and take at least one upper-level course in U.S., European, world and Catholic history.

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