History and Government

Welcome to the Department of History and Government at Misericordia University! As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History and Government offers a diverse series of programs designed to promote student understanding of local, national, and international issues—both in the past and in the changing global world today. We offer majors in: History and Government, Law and National Security.

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Dream Big, Act Local

In the Department of History and Government, 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, national & homeland security, public safety, journalism, libraries, education, and a host of other professional paths.


Briana Scorey

“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. I have found a great place of my own here in Misericordia's History department.

~ Briana Scorey '19
History and English


Valuable Professional Skills

We offer a wide range of professional opportunities designed to give Misericordia graduates an edge as they enter the job market. These include:

  • Faculty-directed research
  • Internships
  • Study-abroad programs
  • Summer research fellowships
  • Semester-Away at American University (Washington, DC)
  • Networking opportunities with regional and local institutions, through volunteer and service-learning programs

Our majors have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in law, history, political science, library science, and medicine; they have become teachers and museum educators; they have risen to leadership positions in their local communities and governments; they have embarked on careers in law enforcement and business; and they have worked for government agencies in Washington, DC.

We hope you will check out the opportunities and other links in the navigation pane to the left, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Recent Department News


Misericordia Announces a new Scholarship for National History Day Participants!

Testimonials

“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. I have found a great place of my own here in Misericordia's History department.”

~ Briana Scorey ‘19
English and History

Briana Scorey


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 and through the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, I have pursued many opportunities, such as internships at the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Luzerne County Historical Society, and judging for National History Day. These have given me the experience needed to achieve my goal of becoming an Archivist.

~ Amber Kelley ‘18
History

Amber Kelley


"I recently completed my third internship since my sophomore year of college. These experiences helped me to better myself and my knowledge as a graduating history major, and to prepare me for the future. ...The curatorial and archival knowledge and experience I gained will help me secure a job as a historian, or in the archival and curatorial field. ...I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have had throughout my four years at Misericordia. I am also grateful for Dr. Black, who helped to shape me into the student I am today. Whether it was as my advisor, internship supervisor, or as my professor I have learned many things from her that will take me far in life. I want to thank her for helping me securing these internships and for being the best professor she could be."

~ Gina Coticchio ‘18
History

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