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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- B.A. in History
- B.A. in K-12 or Secondary Education History Certification Concentration
- Minor in History
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.
Robert Gregg, Dean, School of General Studies; Professor of History
Michael Hayse, Associate Professor of History and Holocaust and Genocide Studies
William Lubenow, Distinguished Professor of History
Michelle McDonald, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Tenured Associate Professor of Atlantic History
Kameika Murphy, Assistant Professor of Atlantic History
Tom Papademetriou, Professor of History; Constantine & Georgiean Georgiou Endowed Professor of Greek History; Director, The Pappas Center for Hellenic Studies
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.
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.