Department of History


Program Overview

History majors become acquainted with a broad range of historical events - both chronologically and geographically - that range from Ancient Greece to Colonial America, the Holocaust, and the Vietnam War. History majors acquire the skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and engaged citizens, and are prepared to pursue a great variety of careers. Because of their analytical abilities, communication skills (written and verbal), and internship experiences, history majors regularly enter careers in law, education (primary, secondary, and higher), museums and public history, government (from local to federal), libraries, non-profit organizations, and the business world.


#WhyWJU:

  • Work with engaged and committed faculty who are recognized in their fields
  • Opportunities for both domestic and international travel with the history department: previous locations include New York City, Washington DC, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Munich, London, Normandy, Paris, Nuremberg, and Salzburg among others.
  • Develop necessary skills for your post-college career
The World on Drugs: 1700-Present
History of the Holocaust
The Vietnam Wars
Comparative Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide
The Second World War
Secondary School Teacher
Bank Manager
Lawyer
Foreign Service
Archivist
National Park Employee
Elementary School Teacher
College Professor
Dentist
Joseph P. Kennedy Award for best senior thesis as chosen by the history faculty, based on oral performance and defense, as well as the written thesis itself.

John T. Wack Award for the best overall contribution to the history department, major, and fellow history students during her or his four years at the college. We look to not only academic excellence, but also to excitement and commitment to the discipline of history, the history club, and serving as an example to fellow students.
We offer a variety of internships in the Ohio Valley, ranging from the historic Cockayne House in Marshall County, the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese and the Ohio County Library to the Heinz Museum in Pittsburgh and local law firms. Students are able to develop skills that can be used in their future careers and in different types of graduate schools.
History Club: carries out a variety of activities on campus, including club socials and various service projects. Its most important task is to fundraise for the department’s annual trip to Europe.

Phi Alpha Theta
: history honor society that requires a 3.0 GPA in at least 12 credit hours in history.