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History

The major in history is designed to increase students’ understanding of the present and future by studying and interpreting the past. The content and methodology of historical studies is basic to a liberal arts education in the 21st century and to an understanding of the world and the dynamics of change. History also provides a firm foundation for many careers. Recent graduates have found their way into various professions, such as museum and curatorial positions, law, journalism, teaching, government service, foreign service, as well as admission to graduate study in a specialized field.

Pictured above: Davis Hall, home to Shenandoah’s history department

Course Requirements

Required courses in the history major provide introductions to the primary historical traditions of world and U.S. history, political theory, methods of historical research and writing and other disciplines such as economics, literature and art, which bear on the historical process. Students are encouraged to use elective hours to develop depth in an area of emphasis such as American or European political and cultural histories or historic preservation. Students may also prepare for the teaching profession at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.

Faculty

Calvin Allen

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
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Spotlights

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Scrutinizing ‘Quality’ – Obama Administration Proposes New College Ratings System

In his 2014 State of the Union Address in January, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his intention to hold U.S. colleges and universities accountable for quality and affordability. As a result, higher education institutions can expect more media dialogue and governmental… Read More

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Shenandoah University celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Global Citizenship Project (GCP)

Shenandoah University’s Global Citizenship Project (GCP) was conceived 10 years ago when the estate of Dr. Nancy Larrick Crosby, a former trustee and friend of the university, made a generous contribution to Shenandoah to use to further its mission in a meaningful… Read More

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Cool Spring – Protecting Land for Future Generations

Battlefield Preservation Effort - Provides Access to Historic Site On the brisk morning of April 23, 2013, Shenandoah University embarked on its newest venture— the preservation and protection of land along the Shenandoah River integral to the July 18, 1864, Battle… Read More

Alumni Successes

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Meet Your Alumni Board – David A. Hartley ’82

In a post-graduation conversation with Shenandoah President Dr. Robert Parker (1969-1982), David A. Hartley ’82 was offered an admissions counselor position at the university. Hartley had no other plans, so he accepted the offer saying that he would do this for a… Read More