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.
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:
Graduates of our History program can embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
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 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 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 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.
|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 Public 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||Public History Internship||variable credits|
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||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 330||Riches, Radicals, and Reformers: 1877-1920||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|
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||3 credits|
|HIST 312||Topics in Public History||3 credits|
|HIST 325||Fieldwork in Archival Operations||3 credits|
|HIST 331||American Material Culture||3 credits|
Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.
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.
Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in 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.