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J. Rodrigue (Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Endowed Chair in History)
K. Spicer, C.S.C. (James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History)
The Department offers a major and minor in History.
The study of history is an essential element of the human experience and an integral part of the liberal arts tradition at Stonehill College. History majors and minors explore the past in multiple contexts and develop the skills and perspectives to thrive in an ever-changing, globally interconnected world. Engaging with history as an ongoing debate connected to yet distinct from the present, students focus both on events that have shaped our world and on the specifics of everyday experience in myriad contexts. Students encounter a diverse array of cultures, societies, and eras, examining forces of continuity and change. History majors and minors tackle enduring questions and controversies and are introduced to a host of methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. As a result, students gain proficiency in reading critically, conducting research and analysis effectively, and communicating persuasively. These skills provide a foundation for a dynamic range of career trajectories, including a wide variety of graduate programs and professions: law, education, library science, journalism, information technology, publishing, business, non-profit leadership, the Foreign Service, museums, and public history.
Majors and minors in History will be able to:
- Analyze, evaluate, and contextualize different types of primary sources, and engage in historical research, which synthesizes and integrates a variety of sources.
- Evaluate secondary sources and demonstrate familiarity with problems of historical interpretation, knowledge of the “schools” of historical analysis, and an awareness of the historiographical nature of secondary sources.
- Formulate a historical question and develop skills and knowledge to find resources to answer that question. Locate and use historical information through traditional and newer technology sources including print and electronic databases, on-line secondary sources, and e-texts. Discriminate among sources and develop protocols of utility and relevance.
- Develop critical reading, writing, and oral communication skills. Show depth of experience in doing history through sustained historical analysis, argument, and narrative. Format research and document sources according to the conventions of the discipline.