Historical Studies

Within the Historical Studies program you can pursue a B.A. degree in Historical Studies or in K-12 or Secondary Education History Certification. A minor in Historical Studies is also available.


About the Program

The Historical Studies curriculum offers courses that acquaint students with the various methods of historical study, provide them with a broad understanding of the major themes of human history, and give them the opportunity to propose and implement their own research projects. Designed to help students develop careful, thoughtful self-expression, particularly in written form, the curriculum is composed of courses of increasing difficulty, progressing from introductory and intermediate courses in content areas, to upper-level seminars and finally to the senior capstone courses, Historical Methods and Thesis Seminar. The capstone seminars provide opportunities for students to explore their individual research interests and share their experiences with faculty and their peers. Students also achieve competence in a second language, which they may put to use in study tours and semester or summer study abroad.

Program Coordinator

Michael Hayse

Michael Hayse
Associate Professor of History and Holocaust and Genocide Studies
609-652-4659 | F-125

Students interested in pairing a degree in History with teaching certification for K-12 are encouraged to explore the K-12 History Certification Concentration. Core history course requirements remain the same, while cognates and At-Some-Distance courses are tailored to facilitate students’ progress through the courses required for New Jersey Teachers Certification.

Top Five Reasons to Study Historical Studies at Stockton

  1. Creativity & Innovation
    Pursue your passion. Are you a history buff? Do you watch the History Channel? Are you fascinated by the Civil War or the Holocaust? Do you like to travel and explore the U.S. and other countries? Would you love to teach, to work in museums and historic sites? As a Stockton History major, you can do all of these things and even get course credit for them.
  2. Critical Thinking, Global Awareness
    Understand your past while preparing for your present. History deals with real people and events. It offers a boundless variety for selecting favorite topics and pursuing personal interests because everything has a history—nations, wars, ethnic groups, sexuality, jazz, gambling, even food. And historical knowledge is powerful currency for the twenty-first century because you increase your cultural literacy and sensitivity when you consider multiple points of view and changing global contexts.
  3. Information Literacy & Research Skills, Adapting to Change, Communication Skills
    Carry out undergraduate research tailored to your unique interests. Many employers are looking for evidence that students did more with their college years than just sit in courses. Stockton History majors learn to read critically, write clearly and persuasively, and do independent research in archives in South Jersey and beyond. These skills are attractive in a wide range of fields, and History majors go on to careers in education, public history, law, business, medicine, government, and not-for-profits—all of which value the ability to research, write, and think creatively and persuasively.
  4. Global Awareness
    Explore study abroad and internship opportunities for credit. Stockton History majors have the opportunity to study abroad around the world. They can apply to The Washington Center to spend a summer or semester working in the government agency or not-for-profit of their choice.
  5. Program Competence
    Interested in attending graduate school? At Stockton, History majors can apply to the Master of Arts in American Studies or in Holocaust & Genocide Studies. They can choose a second major in Education. Qualified students can start taking graduate courses in their senior year—and those graduate course credits can transfer to graduate programs elsewhere in the state.

 

Curriculum

The Historical Studies program offers a minor for students who are majoring in another field, but who wish to pursue their love of history or enhance their professional credentials.For the minor, students are required to complete five HIST courses (including courses cross-listed with another program) or approved electives with a grade of C or better (20 credits). No more than three courses should be at the 1000 or 2000 level. At least two courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

Curriculum Worksheets

To view the Course Schedule by term, click here.

See the Catalog of Courses for complete descriptions of course offerings.

For detailed curriculum information, please refer to the Academic Bulletin.

Faculty

Robert Gregg

Robert Gregg, Dean, School of General Studies; Professor of History

609-652-4542 | J-102
Michael Hayse

Michael Hayse, Associate Professor of History and Holocaust and Genocide Studies

609-652-4659 | F-125
William Lubenow

William Lubenow, Distinguished Professor of History

609-652-4436 | J-207
Michelle McDonald

Michelle McDonald, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Tenured Associate Professor of Atlantic History

609-626-3529 | K-201
Kameika Murphy

Kameika Murphy, Assistant Professor of Atlantic History

 609-652-4640 | K-124
Sharon A. Musher

Sharon A. Musher, Associate Professor of History

609-626-5511 | C-110
Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols, Professor of History

609-626-6036 | B-113
Tom Papademetriou

Tom Papademetriou, Professor of History; Constantine & Georgiean Georgiou Endowed Professor of Greek History; Director, The Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies

609-626-6093 | C-120
Lisa Rosner

Lisa Rosner, Distinguished Professor of History

609-652-4434 | B-114
Laura Zucconi

Laura Zucconi, Professor of Historical Studies

609-626-3527 | H-252

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Patricia Chappine

Patricia Chappine,   Historical Studies Adjunct Faculty

 609-652-4441
Jack Devine

Jack Devine,  Historical Studies Adjunct Faculty

609-652-4505
Michael Frassetto

Michael Frassetto,  Historical Studies Adjunct Faculty

609-626-6030
Heizel Prince

Heizel Prince, Professional Services Specialist 3, Office of Human Resources; Historical Studies Adjunct Faculty

609-652-4799 |  J-115j

Career Opportunities

Students pursuing degrees in Historical Studies may prepare themselves for careers in teaching, law, journalism, library science, computers, government, civil service, administration, and the ministry. A history degree can also lead to opportunities in art institutes, galleries, museums, 200 local and state historical associations, and to archival work with libraries, private organizations, and government agencies. More information on careers for Historical Studies majors and minors is available at the American Historical Association's website.

Special Opportunities

Students in Historical Studies can explore their own interests in a wide range of fields such as American/Atlantic World, European, Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and Ancient Near Eastern history. In addition to coursework for the major, students may

  • Intern with historical societies, libraries, and art museums
  • Become certified to teach social studies in secondary schools
  • Study abroad
  • Participate in travel with the History Club
  • Participate in conferences, such as those sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society, and by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

BA/MA and BA/MAT Degree

Qualified Historical Studies majors are eligible for automatic admission into the MA or Certificate in American Studies at Stockton, the MA and MAT degree programs in the Federated History Department of Rutgers, Newark/NJIT, and the MA degree program in History at Rutgers, Camden.