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Let the study of the past be the key to your future


Explore the past, understand its impact on our present world, and discover ways to communicate history to the broader public. Stevenson’s History program gives you a firm foundation in American history and the opportunity to study the and practices the public presentation of history. You graduate with specialized knowledge and transferrable skills—critical thinking, research, writing, and communication—that give you a competitive edge in many professional fields, including teaching, historic preservation, communications, and public advocacy. History is also a stepping stone to graduate and professional studies in the humanities, law, and social and political sciences.

At Stevenson, you will have the opportunity to study history alongside faculty who are active specialists in the field and in a region that is steeped in history. From the colonial past of Maryland’s port towns to the battlefields of Gettysburg, you will find numerous opportunities in and out of the classroom to make connections between the past and present through coursework and internships.

Stevenson History students have assisted government and private 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.

Graduates of the History program will:

  • Articulate the significance of various historical periods, persons, events, ideas, and themes in history with a special focus on United States history.
  • Analyze historical events, texts, and artifacts using the concepts of context, historical causation, conflict, and change over time.
  • Evaluate the significance of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, and religion, as factors in history and in its presentation to the public.
  • Create research-based history products for the public as well as for traditional historians.
  • Locate and evaluate examples of public history projects that faced issues of an ethical, practical, or interdisciplinary nature.
  • Participate in the community of historical practice both within the Stevenson Public History Program and the larger community.
  • Make informed academic and career choices based on self-determined goals.


History in Hyper-Focus

Special topics give a deeper insight to moments, movements, and individuals in history. Here is a selection of recent special topics covered in Stevenson’s History program:

  • When Free Men Shall Stand: The Defense of Baltimore in 1814
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The History of Pirates in the Atlantic Region
  • Combat Medicine in Vietnam: Saving Lives on Borrowed Time
  • Mulberries, Marshes, and Mummies: The Development of Paper and Printing

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for History Majors

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

  • Teaching & Education
  • Law
  • Writing/Editing, Communications & Journalism
  • Historic Preservation
  • Research & Media Production
  • Public Advocacy
  • Public Relations
  • Museum, Archival & Library Services

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

Courses and Tracks


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in 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.

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 history program. In addition, students who are new to the history major (traditional University freshmen, transfer students, and students who are declaring a 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 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

Students are required to pass all nine of the following required core history courses. In addition, students must also pass the department’s professional development seminar HIST 100: History Forum (1 credit) each semester the major is enrolled in the history program.  Exceptions to the HIST 100 requirement may be made when the major is engaged in an internship.

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
HIST 100 History Forum 1 credit
HIST 105 World History I 3 credits
HIST 106 World History II 3 credits
HIST 109 The United States: Colonial America to 1877 3 credits
HIST 110 The United States: 1877 to Present 3 credits
HIST 208 Introduction to History 3 credits
HIST 209 Research and Writing in History 3 credits
HIST 410 The Great Historians 3 credits
HIST 411 Senior Seminar 3 credits
HIST 450 History Internship Variable credits


History Elective Courses

Students are required to take five courses, three courses of which must be at the 300- or 400-level. The five elective courses will be selected from the list below.

HIST 210 African American History 3 credits
HIST 211 Topics in History 3 credits
HIST 220 American History and Community Service 3 credits
HIST 238 History of Baltimore 3 credits
HIST 265 History of the Family 3 credits
HIST 270 Revolutionary America 3 credits
HIST 311 Topics in General History 3 credits
HIST 312 Topics in Public History 3 credits
HIST 325 Fieldwork in Archival Operations 3 credits
HIST 330 Riches, Radicals, and Reformers: 1877-1920 3 credits
HIST 331 American Material Culture 3 credits
HIST 336 The American Civil War 3 credits
HIST 337 The United States: The Sixties 3 credits
HIST 339 The United States Since 1970 3 credits

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

Minors and Other Options


The minor in history requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an HIST prefix. Please see the history department chairperson for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

BA Option

Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public History. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.

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