- History (B.A.)
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 course work at Messiah covers many historical periods and subjects and includes lots of 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!
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.
- Study abroad in England, Germany, France, Greece, Spain, Egypt, 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.
Concentrations in this Major:
- American History (PDF Course Listing)
- Classical & Medieval European History
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- Modern European History (PDF Course Listing)
- World History (PDF Course Listing)
- Public History(PDF Course Listing)
- Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PDF Course Listing)
- History (PDF Course Listing)