Explore the Past While Developing Your Future by Studying for a BS in History.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in History program allows students to explore the lives of people in the past, the lives of people in the present, and how we are influenced by those who came before us — all the while considering the consequences of their ideas and ingenuity.

Students in the BS in History program explore a vast range of centuries, continents, and cultures, and are prepared to take on a variety of career and educational paths. History majors will develop a rich historical perspective and strong research, writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

Students also learn how to craft evidence-based arguments by examining primary sources such as newspapers, letters and diaries, literature, government records, images, films, and oral interviews.

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    WHAT YOU WANT
    The Bachelor’s in History program is highly individualized based on the student's interests and career goals.
    WHAT YOU NEED
    Students whose goals are to perform research or pursue graduate study may complete an original research project. Those with an interest in public history will complete internships in at least two public history venues, including local museums and archives.
    READY TO PROCEED
    100% of history students score at or above satisfactory standards for learning outcomes in their senior capstone projects.

    What Can I do With a History Degree?

    History majors have the opportunity to apply their expertise in any industry and any profession. Recent graduates have found success in a plethora of fast-paced, high-paying fields, whether right out of the bachelor program or after completing their master’s or Ph.D.

    I Would Like to Enter the Workforce

    • Museum Technician
    • Academic Advisor
    • Operations Expert
    • Sales Manager
    • Librarian
    • Reporter
    • Political Advisor
    • Human Resources Assistant
    • Legal Assistant

    I am Considering Graduate School

    Employers and graduate schools are looking for well-rounded candidates with more than academics. Build your resume as you participate in internships, capstone projects, volunteer events, and student organizations to help you stand out during an interview.

    “A History degree isn’t commonly associated with being a Physician Assistant, but I’ve found that the one I earned from Marian University has been invaluable to me being effective in my occupation. It always helped me stand out in job interviews, and I find it has consistently helped when I work with patients. Patients and I will often chat about their life, experiences, and unique stories – it’s sort of an informal oral history interview. They get to tell their story and I think it helps to build rapport and transforms my job from treating diseases to serving people.”

    JJ Jenkins, PA-C, MSPAS, BS - 2011 Marian University Graduate

    Explore a History Degree

    Dr. Matthew Szromba, professor of history, walks through the history and broad field social studies programs. Programs are outlined by curriculum and what skills are developed throughout the programs. Students in the history and broad field social studies programs have traveled to Poland as part of a short-term class studying the Holocaust and to Ireland (twice) to learn first-hand about the potato famine among other historical topics.

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    The Program

    The Marian University Bachelor of Science in History program uses innovative teaching strategies while providing students with a well-balanced focus on the U.S. and Europe, as well as non-Western areas such as Africa and Asia. You’ll also explore American Indian, Latin American and women’s history, as well as the history of American minorities.

    General Education Courses

    As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

    All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Argumentative and Research Writing
    • Introduction to Christian Theology
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
    • First Year Studies

    History majors will take courses covering topics such as:

    • World civilization
    • European history
    • History of Wisconsin
    • U.S. history
    • American history

    For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

    Sample Course Plan:
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    General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements. HIS 101 and HIS 102 are included in the major program.

    46 credits as follows:

    19 credits:

    A survey of world civilizations from human origins to the 16th century. Exploration of the cultural, political and economic development of humankind in a global context.

    A survey of world civilizations from the 16th century to the present. Exploration of the cultural, political and economic development of humankind in a global context.

    A survey course in which the cultural, political and economic events that have shaped American history from the precontact period to 1877 will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics including the evolution of race and gender relations, independence, the emergence of popular democracy, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction and the impact of industrialism and urbanization upon American life.

    A survey course in which the cultural, political and economic events that have shaped American history from 1877 to the present will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics including the continuing development of race and gender relations, the impact of industrialism, the world wars and the Cold War upon American life.

    Prerequisites:

    A survey of the cultural, economic, political and social history of Wisconsin from the days of exploration to the present. The class emphasizes independent research and discussion.

    Students will begin the design and research for a project related to their area of interest and career aspirations.

    Prerequisites:

    Students will complete the project begun in HIS 395.

    6 credits from the following:

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    A study of the development of the church from apostolic times to the Reformation. Significant figures in the history of the church are studied with stress on the interaction of the church and the world.

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    A study of church history from the Reformation to the present. The course focuses on the influence of the church on the world rather than on doctrinal matters.

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    A survey of English history from ancient times to the present. Special attention will be given to the social, political, and economic developments that have influenced the course of English history.

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    A study of the European powers during the period 1815-1914. Concepts such as liberalism, nationalism, conservatism, democracy and socialism are critically examined. The course concludes with an examination of the origins of World War I.

    A study of Europe commencing with World War I and extending to its current political and economic condition. The rise of dictatorships, trials of democracy, World War II, colonialism, post war economic revivals, social and cultural transformation, as well as the course and conclusion of the Cold War are explored.

    Prerequisites:

    A study of various controversies within European history from ancient times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

    An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of European history in a seminar type format. The topic(s) is drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

    6 credits from the following:

    A study of American federalism from 1787 to the present as manifested in the interpretation of the Constitution by the federal courts. The course focuses upon federal-state relations over time. Upon successful completion of the course students will have developed an understanding of federal supremacy and its changing nature in a political context.

    Prerequisites:

    The class explores the multiplicity of approaches historians use to conduct research, engage in historical preservation, present history to public audiences via historical societies, electronic media, and museums. The course is designed to familiarize the student with not only the historiography of public history, but also the theories and practice behind the presentation of history to public audiences. Pedagogical approaches include in-class study, presentations by public history practitioners, site visits, and through Service-Learning at an appropriate public history venue.

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    A survey of major foreign policy issues and the conduct of diplomacy from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on twentieth century involvement of major powers in international conflicts. (Also INS 408)

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    A seminar dealing with the political, economic, intellectual and social trends of the United States since 1933. Topics for discussion include the New Deal, World War II, Cold War adn the dramatic political, economic, foreign policy, social and cultural changes in American society during the last forty years.

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    A study of the history of American Indians from precontact times to the present. Special attention is given to issues surrounding the continuing effect of contact/discovery, upon American Indians in a cultural, political and economic context.

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    A study of the causes and course of the Civil War as well as its consequences for subsequent American history. The course will focus upon the key issues of slavery and race relations, the effect of industrialization upon sectional tensions, southern particularism and the social and political life of the era.

    Prerequisites:

    A study of various controversies within American history from colonial times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

    Prerequisites:

    An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of American history in a seminar type format. The topic(s) are drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

    6 credits from the following:

    Prerequisites:

    Provides the student with an opportunity to explore topics in ancient history from a Western or non-Western social, political and economic framework.

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    A survey of events in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the current day.

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    A survey of economic, political, religious, and social change ad continuity in Latin America from the pre-colonial period to the present day. Latin America is defined as including the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central America and South America.

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    A topical survey of the history of African peoples from human origins to the present. Regional historical developments; African social and political patterns; the impact of external contacts; imperialism and colonialism; nationalism and independence; current issues in Africa.

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    A survey of civilizations in monsoon Asia from prehistory to the present. Emphasis is placed on cultural, political and social development of China, Japan and India, with some attention to Korea, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

    Prerequisites:

    A study of various controversies within World history from ancient times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

    Prerequisites:

    An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of world history in a seminar type format. The topics are drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

    For Careers in Public History:
    To pursue jobs at museums and other historical attractions and organizations, students should take HIS 309-Public History and complete a minor in one of the following areas: Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Information Technology, Leadership, Public Relations, or Communications.

    25-31 credits:

    University electives – depending upon history strand

    Mission:

    The Marian University Bachelor of Science in History program seeks to promote history as a vocation, chronological and geographical way of thinking, as well as historical comprehension, analysis, interpretation, and research, effective communication and critical thinking, and understanding of global perspectives and spiritual traditions.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify, analyze, and use primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
    • Analyze issues and events from multiple perspectives.
    • Achieve content mastery in World, American, and European history.
    • Compare and contrast ideas, societies, events, individual actions, philosophies, beliefs and spiritual traditions across cultures and time.
    • Employ historical logic and historical evidence in written arguments.
    • Identify historical injustices and explore possible alternatives.
    • Analyze strengths and weaknesses of historiographical arguments.
    • Organize, plan, and conduct research

    Graduates of the BS in History program stay one step ahead of the competition and are equipped with the essential skills that ensure success in the working world. A history degree from Marian University prepares students for a variety of career possibilities including those in advocacy, business, education, law, publishing, and research. Recent graduates have found success in many positions, including as small business owners, managers for Wisconsin-based and nationwide companies, physicians assistants, middle and high school teachers, legislative aids, librarians, and program directors for museums, art centers, and community centers.

    97.8% of graduates between 2006 and 2014 were employed or entered graduate school within 6 months according to a survey completed by the History Program in Spring 2015. 100% of our students score at or above satisfactory standards for the learning outcomes above in their senior capstone projects.

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    At Marian University, students find committed faculty and staff aiming to help them reach their fullest potential. Through an applied learning approach, students find that the Bachelor of Science in History program prepares them to share their passion for history in graduate school or employment in the field.

    Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

    “My goal coming to Marian University as a part-time, non-traditional student was to earn my BS in History in three years, and through the guidance of the department’s amazing professors and my incredible advisor, I did just that. For anyone with a natural curiosity about the world and a desire to make it a better please, Marian University is the place to be. The classes are small, so you develop lasting friendships and connections, both with professors and your fellow classmates. Marian University offers ways for students to prepare for working in museums and other history-related non-profit organizations, which is how I ended up interning at the Wade House Historical Site, which led to led to seasonal employment as a historical interpreter once I had my degree, as well as with the archivist/preservationist at the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes. Those experiences were amazing, allowed me to see so much history, and prepared me for graduate school.”

    Cyndi Trent, May 2017 graduate, current UW-Milwaukee Urban Studies graduate student

     

    Other recent graduates have leveraged their History degrees into starting careers as:

    Business Systems Manager, Mercury Marine

    Manager, Cabela’s

    Program Director, Sotera Defense Solutions

    Communications Manager, The Einstein Project

    Case Manager, Milwaukee Center for Independence

    Program Director, Innovative Services

    Area Sales Manager, Valley Bakers Cooperative Association

    Drill Rig Superintendent, Nomad Pipeline Services

    Operations Expert, Anthem

    Academic Advisor, Concordia University

    Research Specialist, Ira T. Nevel LLC

    Regional Sale Manager, LensCrafters

    Supervisor, Building for Kids

    Student Support Advisor, Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Assistant District Attorney, Racine County

    Chapter Services and Fraternity Assessment Coordinator, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women

    Librarian, Siouxland Libraries

    Professor of History, CUNY Queens

    Mary Gross, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    920.923.7664
    mgross@marianuniversity.edu

    Matthew Szromba, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    920.923.8505
    mpszromba93@marianuniversity.edu

     

     

    As part of the Bachelor of Science in History program, students find personal, one-on-one support from faculty who are eager to share their knowledge and passion for history. In addition to challenging coursework, students engage in hands-on learning experiences, including internships and a capstone project. To enhance their classroom learning experience, Marian University Bachelor of Arts in Writing program students engage in internship experiences, as well as research.

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    For more information, please contact:

    Office of Admission
    920.923.7650920.923.7650
    admission@marianuniversity.edu

    Mary Gross, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    920.923.7664
    mgross@marianuniversity.edu