Long Island History Department
Are you fascinated by the past? Do you want the opportunity to become a global thinker? Get ready.
Delve into the history of humankind to better understand the present and the future. Explore the systems and structures that built civilizations and societies. Examine the mysteries of the past with St. Joseph's University's Long Island Department of History.
Our history courses offer students a global perspective while they take courses in American, European and global history, along with advanced courses in such traditional areas as Colonial America and Medieval Europe. Specialized seminars are offered in topics as diverse as ethnicity in American life, France and the new Europe, Modern Japan, the Holocaust, the history of southern Africa and Latin American revolutions.
Students work with dedicated faculty to build the educational foundation for graduate school or for a successful career in a field they’re passionate about. They gain knowledge and skills while having the opportunity to serve internships, research topics that interest them and present at conferences across the country. They also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of the many places they learn about in class.
Get ready for your future with St. Joseph's University's Long Island Department of History.
Sean Murray ’21
History Major with a Concentration in Adolescence Education
"I was drawn to history because my father was a social studies teacher before he went into administrative work. As I grew older, I developed a love for the past: What happened, why it happened and the results of historical events. I have also developed wonderful relationships with the leaders in St. Joseph's history department. They all care deeply and are knowledgeable, but most importantly they care about the students. They make an effort to know you personally, and guide you. They teach skills to be successful in life, not simply in their class."
The Long Island History Experience
Internship Offerings: St. Joseph's University history majors have interned at prestigious places across Long Island, including the Long Island Museum, Suffolk County Historical Society, Smithtown Historical Society and the Long Island Maritime Museum. Many internships turn into job offers.
Career Opportunities: History majors go on to work in such fields as education, law, library sciences, public history and government.
Build the knowledge and skills that employers value.
History is a classic liberal arts degree, providing the writing, communication, and critical thinking skills that employers value. Recent history majors from St. Joseph’s have applied their degrees to careers in law enforcement, teaching, journalism, banking and business, state and local government, and the military. Skills they learned in their history courses have enabled our alumni to organize nonprofits, conduct professional research, administer schools, and help the public as social workers. Our B.A. in History has also led to grants, fellowships and assistantships for graduate and professional study.
Social Studies Secondary Education Major
Preparation to successfully educate and instruct.
Many students choose to combine the history major with our adolescence education or child study programs, which prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. History majors who take the secondary education track obtain valuable classroom experience as student teachers in New York City public and parochial schools. Other students benefit from internships in historical societies, museums and businesses.
American Studies Minor
The nation you call home calls you.
American Studies can be taken as a minor or a concentration for child study majors. The concentration prepares students for graduate work in American studies, a master’s degree program appropriate for teachers.
Explore your approach to history.
Experiment with courses in American, European and global history to build the foundation for your history minor. Explore the comprehensive history education that St. Joseph’s University offers.
Combine history with your educational future.
Many students choose to combine the history major with our adolescence education or child study programs, which prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. History majors who take the child study concentration track obtain valuable classroom experience as student teachers in New York City public and parochial schools. Other students benefit from internships in historical societies, museums and businesses.