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History Major

History is a powerful tool to understanding the world around you. Identity, culture and citizenship are formed throughout history to provide a historical perspective on who and what we are. You can expect to learn how to think analytically and work with source documents (good mixture of U.S. and world history). The goal is to have you interact with the past rather than sit and consume. Small class sizes allow you to  engage in discussions and activities to better comprehend our history and our future. 

Program Overview

As a history major you will gain a deep understanding of the most fascinating people and events that shaped the world. As you build a broad historical knowledge, you will hone the critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills that are prized by employers. Stritch history program graduates are teaching, working in museums, serving in government and practicing law.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

The History Concentration provides students an in depth overview of world and U.S. history. Students will learn about a wide range of topics from ancient times to the modern era including the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and Napoleon, and the World Wars. This study will help students develop skills in research, historical analysis, and communication.

Concentration Overview

This concentration provides students a global perspective on political science and history. In it, students will examine how global politics and international relations function and also obtain an understanding of the world’s history. This will help students develop a wide range of skills including research, analysis and problem solving.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Hannah Dockendorff, J.D.

2014 Stritch Graduate, Summa Cum Laude

The History program and its professors are incredibly creative, engaging and supportive! The mentors and friends I gained through the History program continue to positively influence my life long after graduation. Likewise, the analytical and research skills cultivated by the History program undoubtedly enabled me to successfully pursue a Juris Doctorate and a career as an attorney.

Milwaukee Public Museum Exterior

Internship Sites

As a history major, you can apply your knowledge through internships. 

Internship sites may include:

  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin
  • Cedarburg History Museum
  • Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Woman in Museum

Careers for History Majors

A history majors opens the door to a world of opportunities.
  • Teachers
  • Museum Professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Legislative Assistants

Other Programs at Stritch

Political Science
Social Studies

For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.