Undergraduate

History

When you study history at Assumption, you’ll choose from our breadth of offerings – from North American and European to Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern history. Once you discover the area you love, you can explore it through engaging coursework and independent research opportunities.

History Program

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: November 15

Early Action II: December 15

Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


School

D'Amour College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department

Interdisciplinary Studies, History

Program Contact

Irina Mukhina, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
508-767-7024 Founders Hall - Room 106

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Experiential Learning

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Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.

Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

Explore the Rome Campus

Career Paths

A history degree prepares you for a wide variety of fields, including law, international business, management, marketing, teaching, government, library services, archival and museum work, publishing, journalism, media relations, and more.

Boston Public Schools

Endicott College

Johnson and Johnson

Lasell College

Law Firms in New England and New York

MFS Investment Management

Nashua High School

Social Security Administration

State Street Bank and Trust

United States Army

Wachusett Public Schools

Worcester Public Schools

Xaverian Brothers High School

Samantha Surowiec

History 2021
Researcher, American Antiquarian Society; Research Fellow, Assumption Honors Program

Assumption is a place where you will grow as a student, a person, and a member of society.

With the guidance and encouragement from faculty and my peers, it was possible for me to participate in incredible research and fellowship opportunities. I was able to reach my fullest potential as a student and will carry with me so many invaluable experiences.
Mary Katherine Petterson

Education 2016
Teacher, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy / Pursued a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College Lynch School

Assumption prepared me better than I could have ever imagined.

From rigorous training in planning for all academic subjects as well as ample field experience, I felt extremely prepared to enter the professional world. Professors challenge you while also serving as mentors. They guided me to where I am today.
Megan Watts

History 2019
Research Experience with the American Antiquarian Society

My time at Assumption has given me priceless skills and experience.

The liberal arts education enabled me to analyze and solve problems from different perspectives. Instead of just studying the approach of the historian, I now have experience in applying philosophical, scientific, and lingual approaches to my life.
Mia-Michelle Russell

Art History 2015
Senior Museum Educator and Art Educator, New York Historical Society / Resident Curator, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ

Assumption has prepared and molded me for success in all aspects of my unique field.

I am thankful for the transferable skills that I've developed in art, art history, and history, and for my professors teaching me how to make art history fun, fascinating, and engaging!
Michael Turaj

Political Science 2020
Intern, World Affairs Council of Connecticut

I had the esteemed opportunity to attend the World Affairs Councils of America Conference in D.C.

My ambition for a career in global affairs was enhanced by this opportunity to mingle and learn from like-minded peers, including Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense. Assumption encouraged me and helped me achieve this dream and be 1 of 27 students from the U.S. chosen!

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Samantha Surowiec

History 2021
Researcher, American Antiquarian Society; Research Fellow, Assumption Honors Program

Assumption is a place where you will grow as a student, a person, and a member of society.

With the guidance and encouragement from faculty and my peers, it was possible for me to participate in incredible research and fellowship opportunities. I was able to reach my fullest potential as a student and will carry with me so many invaluable experiences.
Mary Katherine Petterson

Education 2016
Teacher, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy / Pursued a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College Lynch School

Assumption prepared me better than I could have ever imagined.

From rigorous training in planning for all academic subjects as well as ample field experience, I felt extremely prepared to enter the professional world. Professors challenge you while also serving as mentors. They guided me to where I am today.
Megan Watts

History 2019
Research Experience with the American Antiquarian Society

My time at Assumption has given me priceless skills and experience.

The liberal arts education enabled me to analyze and solve problems from different perspectives. Instead of just studying the approach of the historian, I now have experience in applying philosophical, scientific, and lingual approaches to my life.
Mia-Michelle Russell

Art History 2015
Senior Museum Educator and Art Educator, New York Historical Society / Resident Curator, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ

Assumption has prepared and molded me for success in all aspects of my unique field.

I am thankful for the transferable skills that I've developed in art, art history, and history, and for my professors teaching me how to make art history fun, fascinating, and engaging!
Michael Turaj

Political Science 2020
Intern, World Affairs Council of Connecticut

I had the esteemed opportunity to attend the World Affairs Councils of America Conference in D.C.

My ambition for a career in global affairs was enhanced by this opportunity to mingle and learn from like-minded peers, including Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense. Assumption encouraged me and helped me achieve this dream and be 1 of 27 students from the U.S. chosen!
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Transfer Discovery Day

Come and spend the day as a Greyhound during this special event exclusive to transfer students! See what it’s like to be a student at Assumption University and discover all of the opportunities available to those interested in transferring to Assumption. Learn more about Assumption University from ... Read more

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Winter Open House

Join us for Winter Open House by visiting our West Side story book campus, located in the heart of Worcester, the second largest city in New England. Experience the excitement of Assumption's academic opportunities and campus life and see for yourself why Assumption was named a “Best Regional Univer ... Read more

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Pathways to Success


Internships

All Assumption students can participate in the University’s internship programs and spend a semester gaining practical experience. There are two types of internships available to most Assumption students:

  • Academic internships, where students work with an academic advisor and the internship site
  • Career internships, which provide valuable experience but do not offer academic credit. This type of internship may be paid or unpaid and it generally occurs during or following the summer of the junior year

History students intern at a number of organizations such as the American Antiquarian Society, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Historic Deerfield, National Park Service, Library of Congress and law firms throughout New England and Europe as well as with charitable initiatives in Latin America.


Graduate Schools

The study of History provides a foundation for careers in almost any field.

Graduates enter careers in education, business, journalism, public relations, teaching, insurance, government service, personnel work and many other fields that draw upon those analytic skills, deepened perspective and breadth of vision that comes from the study of the past and strong writing skills. They also enroll in graduate school or law school at prestigious institutions such as Boston College, Fordham University, Framingham State College, Penn State University, Saint Joseph’s College, University of Massachusetts – Amherst and the University of Rhode Island.


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