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History majors at Misericordia University gain excellent training in the liberal arts, and have several professional specializations available to them.
Majors are trained to evaluate evidence and communicate persuasively, both verbally and through effective writing. Our courses are intellectually stimulating, and can include experiential learning experiences or professional opportunities.

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In the History program, we understand the importance of training students to become better global citizens. Our courses are designed to give students a deeper understanding of the past and contemporary society by examining the workings of government, the implications of public and foreign policy decisions, and how each of these have influenced social, cultural, and political experiences of individuals. Our faculty come highly-trained from some of the top research universities in the country, and we take an active role in mentoring undergraduates and encourage them to become leaders in their communities. Students in our programs graduate having honed their critical research and writing skills, and are well-prepared to pursue careers in museums, government agencies, the legal profession, non-profit administration and management, journalism, libraries, education, and a host of other professional paths.

Minor Programs

The History Department at Misericordia University offers four minors for students to further specialize and enhance their education regardless of their major.

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History Minor

History Minor

The history minor may be taken in conjunction with any degree program to broaden one’s perspective, develop critical judgement, cultivate the ability to reason, and foster intellectual growth.

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Political Science Minor

Political Science Minor

The political science minor offers students interested in law, politics, or government a useful foundation in these areas.

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Public History Minor

Public History Minor

The public history minor offers students interested in non-profit agencies and historical work outside higher education a useful foundation for a variety of professional paths. 

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Social Studies Minor

Social Studies Minor

The minor in social studies is intended to enrich and broaden the student’s understanding of the world in which we live. 

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Career Preparation

Valuable Professional Skills

We offer a wide range of professional opportunities designed to prepare students for a diverse variety of future careers.

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Opportunities & Activities

Student Opportunities & Activities

Check out all of the ways that the History program at Misericordia will keep you engaged and offer hands-on opportunities for you to become career-ready.

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Briana Scorey '19

Briana Scorey '19

I have developed incredible relationships with professors who care about me and support me as both a student and a person. As an officer of the History Club and member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society [History's honor society], I am able to pursue my love of history outside the classroom and build a repertoire of experience that will help me in graduate school.

Amber Kelley '18

Amber Kelley '18

Throughout my four years at Misericordia University, I met incredible professors in the History department who wanted to see me succeed and achieve my career goals. With their encouragement, I have pursued many opportunities that have given me the experience needed to achieve my goal.

Cassandra Lockhart

Cassandra Lockhart

It was Misericordia’s wonderful history faculty and captivating history classes that showed me that my true path in life is history.  Switching my degree to history my Sophomore year of college was the best decision of my life.

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Meet our Students

Allison McElheran
Allison McElheran

The Misericordia History Department has allowed me to become more confident as a future educator. I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge of history through many classes including Nazi Germany and a class on the Explorers. I have been supported by all of the history faculty at Misericordia to pursue a future career as a high school history teacher. The flexibility of the history curriculum has allowed me to pursue two minors in political science and religion which will benefit me after my graduation at Misericordia in my future endeavors. 

Allison McElheran
History Secondary Education Student 

Sarah Sporko
Sarah Sporko

Throughout my journey at Misericordia University, I have developed wonderful relationships with those in the History and Government Department, both faculty and students, who have done so much to support me during my journey here. Between my studies as a dual History and GLNS major, and extracurricular activities as former Vice-President of the History Club and former GLNS Club President, and current Phi Alpha Theta member, I have been able to pursue activities outside the classroom that help me to gain an insight into the world around me and how my talents may help it. I am not sure where and who I would be today if I did not choose Misericordia University.

Sarah Sporko '20
B.A. History/GLNS

Photo taken during an internship in Spring of 2020 at the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, DC.
Sarah graduated in May, 2020 and now has a full-time job as the Education Coordinator for Eckley Miner's Village, near Hazleton, PA. 

Thomas Zenobio
Thomas Zenobio

As a History major, I have enjoyed the opportunities to drill down on a specific time period in history, for example, The Civil War. This seminar has allowed me to deepen my knowledge of that significant event and gain a broader understanding of our country's development. The History professors are very educated and make the content very interesting. They are always available after class to further discuss the information presented.

T.J. Zenobio
History Major

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