At Messiah College, you’ll find there’s much more to studying history than memorizing dates and facts.
Prepare for a rewarding career in teaching, government, law, business, museums and archives, historic preservation, public history, journalism and more. Your coursework at Messiah covers many historical periods and subjects, and includes many study abroad and internship opportunities. By learning about history in the Christian liberal arts tradition, you’ll cultivate important skills such as critical thinking, excellent writing and methods of research.
While at Messiah College, you’ll also find plenty of ways to link what you’re learning in the classroom with hands-on experience. History majors intern in places such as the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, National Civil War Museum, World Relief, Mt. Rushmore National Park and the Litigation Division of the CIA. Our faculty leads many cross-cultural courses to exciting places like Cyprus, Nepal, and Ethiopia, to name a few.
And if you are interested in teaching at the secondary level (grades 7–12), you can earn certification in social studies by taking supporting courses in economics, politics, anthropology, sociology and more. If you’re looking for a history program where you can study American classical, medieval, renaissance, European and world history, Messiah’s program is for you!
History major distinctives
As a history major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Intern with state and federal government offices, archives, public history organizations, museums, institutions of historic preservation and law firms.
- Participate in Messiah's cutting-edge public history programming.
- Study abroad in England, Germany, France, Greece, Spain, India and China. Or, consider studying in our nation’s capital.
- Delve into our library’s substantial history collection, computer-based bibliographic and statistical resources, up-to-date set of major monographs in each historical field and a far-reaching interlibrary loan system.
- Pursue independent studies and, if you qualify, undertake a major honors project under faculty supervision.
- Complete a minor in English, economics, journalism, communication, languages, business and/or politics.
- Take challenging and thought-provoking courses such as the Wild, Wild West, Social Movements in Twentieth-Century America, Greco-Roman Society and Culture, Modern Civilizations of Asia, and The History of Africa, among others.
- Join Phi Alpha Theta, one of the oldest national honor societies in America, or the History Club.
- Study history grounded in the ethics of historical Christianity.
Career options for history majors
As a graduate of the history program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Museum workers
- Nonprofit workers
- Public policy experts
For more information on career planning for the history program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship and teaching opportunities for history majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized program places students in a variety of history internships. A few examples include:
- Library of Congress
- Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
- The Hershey Story Museum
- Gettysburg National Military Park
- African-American Historical Museum
- Office of former U.S. senator Rick Santorum
- National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Litigation division of CIA
- Students completing the social studies teaching certification complete the required student teaching experience during their senior year.
Learn more about the Department of History
|Department faculty administers and teaches Latin language program
|Department faculty leads cross-cultural courses to Nepal and Cyprus
|Graduates have been accepted in graduate programs at institutions such as Penn State-Dickinson School of Law, Duquesne Law School, Fordham (Ph.D. in Medieval History), University of Richmond Law School, and Penn State University (Ph.D. in American History) to name a few.
|Wide range of internship opportunities have included digital history, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Pennsylvania State Archives, Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives, PA State Senator offices, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Center for Strategic Leadership, Army War College, CIA Litigation Division, various law firms, Washington, D.C. American Studies Program, African-American Historical Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
|All department faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and cover history in all parts of the world.
| All professors are active researchers and invite students to participate with them in their research or pursue their own historical interests.