When you study history at Stritch, you become part of a supportive community that investigates the vibrant, various stories of human life and recognizes the lasting truths within this dynamic reality.


History explores the long-range development through time, of every facet of human existence: society and culture, philosophy and religious beliefs, law and government, technology and economics. It is concerned with the lives of ordinary women and men, as well as heroes and leaders. It challenges students not only to accept change, but to anticipate it and deal with it creatively.

The study of history at Stritch prepares rather than programs students for professional life. Historical study evokes critical thinking and reasoned judgment. It leads students to see the human dimension of issues, to view contemporary events in perspective, to deal critically and positively with conflicting points of view, and to weigh alternatives. Historians bring to the business world the ability to cope effectively with a great deal of material, to distinguish what is important from what is inconsequential, and to synthesize data and represent it in a concise and clear fashion.

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The department’s goals are pursued within the philosophical context of Stritch’s mission to enable students to integrate their learning into a purposeful value system that gives moral direction, professional viability and enrichment to their lives and the lives of others.

Students have an opportunity to enhance career skills through experience and training in the use of technology, including the internet, computer databases, presentation software and other appropriate technology, as well as internships and service learning.

Students may obtain a major, minor, teacher certification (elementary, minor, and secondary broad field social studies major), and pre-law preparation. It also provides an integral component of the liberal arts to all colleges at Stritch.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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The Stritch Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.