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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.

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.



Major Requirements

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.



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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