Course Information

Program Overview

bachelors degree in history

The study of history opens students to new worlds and diverse cultures across time and place. Students of history at Assumption have the opportunity to understand life in the present by comparing and contrasting it with the rich and varied experiences of people who lived in the past in the United States, Europe, Asia, Russia and Latin America.

Whether you major or minor in history, the rigorous inquiry and analysis help to develop critical thinking skills that are highly valued in any profession. Close reading of primary and secondary sources sharpens research abilities. Students cultivate strong writing skills throughout their coursework.

History graduates take their degree in many directions. Almost one-third of history majors concentrate in education and plan to teach. Many Assumption graduates move into law, business, government and other fields that require strong reasoning and writing skills.

Learn more about exciting opportunities for undergraduates in history by visiting the History Student Blog Pages.

Special Opportunities

  • MA in Heritage Studies at Regis College: Assumption students receive advanced standing (up to two undergraduate courses counting for graduate credit), waived fees and exams, and preferred admission.
  • Membership in Phi Alpha Theta: acceptance into this national history honor society exposes students to the continuing study of history through shared research, discussion and guest lectures. There are also opportunities to participate in local and national honor society conferences.
  • American Studies: students from local colleges compete to participate in a research seminar at the world-renowned American Antiquarian Society in Worcester. Follow the student blog.
  • Moggio Essay Prize: prizes are annually awarded to the Assumption students who submit the best research paper and the best essay. Submissions are judged by Assumption’s history faculty.
  • Honors Convocation: an annual recognition of the graduating History major with the highest GPA and record of achievement.
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium:students present their research at a public conference on campus

History Major

The major in history consists of 10 courses in the discipline. One of those must be a research seminar, usually taken in the junior or senior year. The seminar is taken in conjunction with a pro-seminar (a course that provides background and context for the research seminar).

Double Major in History and Education

Assumption College offers students interested in becoming history teachers at the middle or high-school level a state-approved preparation program for teaching in grades 5-8 or 8-12. Students pursuing this option should consider a double major in History and middle (grades 5-8) or secondary (8-12) education.

The History major course work addresses the subject matter knowledge requirements for teacher licensure by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Interested students should consult with the Education Program Coordinator by their second semester and with their academic advisors in both the History and Education departments to develop a course of study that meets both major and licensure requirements.

History Minor

Travel and Study Opportunities

The minor in history consists of 6 courses. These courses cover the gamut from ancient Rome to Asian History to 20th Century America.

Assumption students explored "The High Days of the Low Countries" with their professors as part of the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization program. This blog describes their experiences in Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, and Amsterdam, during their 10-day expedition in May 2013 as they discovered the cultural riches of history, art, and architecture in these grand cities of Northern Europe.

16 Assumption College students contributed photos and videos to a blog capturing their voyage to the Golden Age of the Low Countries. Click here to read the journal.

To begin with their day-to-day itinerary, click the button below.

To learn about the Foundations Program Travel Seminar to Venice, click here.