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. 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.

We challenge our students to think critically as they examine and interpret the people and events of history. We teach them to evaluate conflicting points of view and to recognize and explore the many paradoxes of the human story. Budding historians at Stritch learn to handle an increasing number and variety of information sources and to analyze, synthesize and use creative ways to share this knowledge. As part of their research training at Stritch, history students sharpen their technology and communication skills using Internet tools, libraries, computer databases, social networking tools and other new media.


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●  Credits: 120
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The study of history 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.
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.

NOTE:  The Women's Studies Certificate is housed in History.  The requirements of that certificate are listed below in the "Major and Minor Requirements" section.

History Major: 34 credits

Required courses for major: HS 241, 242 and 243, 103 or 104, 201, 202, two Intercultural History courses 261-266, 402, and four elective courses in history.

Additional requirements for Broad Field Social Studies teachers: Study of Cooperatives and Environmental Education designed to fulfill requirements of Wisconsin statutes 118.19 (6) and Wisconsin administrative code 3.03 (3) 5, for teachers of science and social studies. These requirements may be met by taking CH/BL 210, GE 101 or GE 102 (for environmental studies); and EC 400 (for cooperatives); or as directed study apart from the above courses.


History Minor: 18 credits

Required courses for minor:  HS 243, HS 202 and four electives courses with two in American History classes and two in Non-American (Global) history courses.


The pre-law program with History as a major requires CA 252, PL 355, PS 308, SC 201, CJ 101.  The History track requires: HS 202, HS 243, HS 402, POLS 102 or POLS 303, and 9 credits of electives in History.

Women's Studies Certificate

A twelve-credit certificate in Women’s Studies is available which is both interdisciplinary and multicultural. A Women’s Studies certificate will broaden a student’s liberal arts education as well as provide a valuable foundation for careers or graduate study in education, law, history, social work, journalism, health care or business.


Women’s studies (WS):  WS 101
An additional three classes are required from three of the following four categories:
• History/Political Science:  HS 207, HS 302, POLS 312
• English/Communication:  CA 243, CA 244, EN 243
• Psychology and Sociology:  PS 260, PS 265, SC 206
• Electives:  REL 320, SC 240, ART 249, ART 415, MU 201, and special-topic courses that are approved by the Women’s Studies advisor.
NOTE: One class (approved by the Women’s Studies advisor) can be transferred in and counted towards the certificate.

PLO 1  Students will know the American story so they can understand the nation and its connection to the larger global community.
PLO 2  Students will understand the development and the interconnectedness of the histories of various civilizations throughout the world.
PLO 3  Students will demonstrate the ability to research, analyze and reflext on information.
PLO 4  Students will demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to evaluate conflicting points of view.
PLO 5  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Franciscan values.

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.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

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More than 38,000 Stritch alumni are recognized worldwide for their leadership roles in businesses, health care organizations, corporations, educational institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. Responsive to the needs of their communities, Stritch graduates are critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and lifelong learners.

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