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The Stevenson History Program: Where Students Make History.


If you love history and want to make a difference, Stevenson's History major is designed to help you achieve your goal. Through our skills-based courses and experiential learning opportunities you will acquire the very specialized knowledge necessary to joining the practice of public history. Stevenson’s History program engages its majors in history projects that serve the community as well as local, state, and federal agencies. Most recently, Stevenson students have assisted government agencies and been commended for their contributions to history by George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Maryland State Archives, the City of Baltimore, the Maryland National Guard, and the Maryland Military Historical Society.

One of the nation's few four-year undergraduate majors in the field, Stevenson's History major provides students a firm foundation in American history combined with the opportunity to study and practice the public presentation of history. Through specialized coursework, volunteer opportunities, and internships our majors learn how to engage as practitioners with the community of public history.

As a student of history at SU, you will learn to analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical evidence; to apply historical perspective to contemporary issues; and to honor historical interpretation from those of diverse cultural traditions and values, all with the goal of conveying historical understanding to members of the general public.

Graduates of the History program will:

  • Comprehend historical periods, persons, events, ideas, and themes with a special focus on United States history, as well as the concepts of historical causation, conflict, and change over time underlying all historical study.
  • Master fundamental historical research using both library and Internet resources: locating, reading, interpreting, evaluating, verifying, and documenting primary and secondary sources.
  • Master critical thinking about history: drawing conclusions from readings, applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing and synthesizing secondary and primary sources, evaluating opposing arguments, and understanding how historical interpretations fit into the larger context of historical inquiry.
  • Evaluate the historical significance of race and ethnicity, class, gender and sex, and religion, especially in the development of the United States.
  • Communicate historical knowledge and interpretations to a variety of general public audiences.
  • Analyze and synthesize practical and ethical issues related to communicating history to a variety of general public audiences.
  • Understand career paths related to public history and effectively search for relevant employment opportunities.


Pages from the Washington City Bible Society census of 1847.
Stevenson History Program Wins Grant For Student Research
Over the next year, Stevenson University history students will study the historic plight of the urban poor and its relevance to our community today. With the support of a $10,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Stevenson's undergraduate researchers will examine the lives of the homeless, the poor, and recent immigrants living in the City of Washington in 1847.
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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for History Majors

Graduates of our History program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Historic Preservation
  • Public Advocacy
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Cultural Research

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.



The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in public history. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Public history majors are required to complete 45 credits (15 courses) from the courses listed below as indicated. Students must also complete the 1-credit HIST 100 every semester while enrolled in the public history program. In addition, students who are new to the public history major (traditional University freshmen, transfer students, and students who are declaring a public history major for the first time) are required to complete a special section of the 1-credit First-Year Seminar that is designed specifically for new public history majors. HIST 450 is a variable credit course (3,6,or 9) based on the number of hours associated with the internship.  Interns earn roughly three credits for every 120 hours worked during the internship.

Major Requirements

Required Core History Courses

Students are required to take all nine of the following required core history courses. In addition, students must also complete HIST 100 every semester while enrolled in the public history program.

FYS 100 First Year Seminar
HIST 100 History Forum
HIST 105 World History I
HIST 106 World History II
HIST 109 The United States: Colonial America to 1877
HIST 110 The United States: 1877 to Present
HIST 208 Introduction to Public History
HIST 209 Research and Writing in History
HIST 410 The Great Historians
HIST 411 Senior Seminar
HIST 450 Public History Internship

Elective History Courses

Students are required to take five courses from general history elective courses.  Three of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

HIST 210 African American History
HIST 211 Topics in History
HIST 220 American History and Community Service
HIST 238 History of Baltimore
HIST 265 History of the Family
HIST 270 Revolutionary America
HIST 311 Topics in General History
HIST 330 Riches, Radicals, and Reformers: 1877-1920
HIST 336 The American Civil War
HIST 337 The United States: The Sixties
HIST 339 The United States Since 1970

Students are required to take two courses from the public history elective courses.  HIST 312 is repeatable for credit when the topic is different.

HIST 211 Topics in History
HIST 312 Topics in Public History
HIST 325 Fieldwork in Archival Operations
HIST 331 American Material Culture

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors


The minor in History requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an HIST prefix. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

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