The study of history opens students to new worlds and diverse cultures across time and place. Students of history at Assumption have the opportunity to understand life in the present by comparing and contrasting it with the rich and varied experiences of people who lived in the past in the United States, Europe, Asia, Russia and Latin America.
Whether you major or minor in history, the rigorous inquiry and analysis help to develop critical thinking skills that are highly valued in any profession. Close reading of primary and secondary sources sharpens research abilities. Students cultivate strong writing skills throughout their coursework.
History graduates take their degree in many directions. Almost one-third of history majors concentrate in education and plan to teach. Many Assumption graduates move into law, business, government and other fields that require strong reasoning and writing skills.
Learn more about exciting opportunities for undergraduates in history by visiting the History Student Blog Pages.
- Membership in Phi Alpha Theta: acceptance into this national history honor society exposes students to the continuing study of history through shared research, discussion and guest lectures. There are also opportunities to participate in local and national honor society conferences.
- American Studies: students from local colleges compete to participate in a research seminar at the world-renowned American Antiquarian Society in Worcester. Follow the student blog.
- Moggio Essay Prize: prizes are annually awarded to the Assumption students who submit the best research paper and the best essay. Submissions are judged by Assumption’s history faculty.
- Honors Convocation: an annual recognition of the graduating History major with the highest GPA and record of achievement.
- Undergraduate Research Symposium: students present their research at a public conference on campus
The major in history consists of 10 courses in the discipline. One of those must be a research seminar, usually taken in the junior or senior year. The seminar is taken in conjunction with a pro-seminar (a course that provides background and context for the research seminar).
The minor in history consists of 6 courses. These courses cover the gamut from ancient Rome to Asian History to 20th Century America.