History

History

When I came to Saint Peter’s I knew I wanted to major in history, but I didn’t have a clear understanding of what I could do with it. Throughout my four years of taking history classes, I learned how to find reliable sources, how to fact check everything, how to read and write to the best of my abilities, and much more. I also realized that there is no one things you can do with a history degree. With my degree in history, I was able to join the museum education team at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. I still use everything I learned in my classes and really feel that if I didn’t get my Bachelor’s in history, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work in this amazing place. — Chayanne Hyde ’17, Museum Educator at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


What is History?

At Saint Peter’s University, we believe understanding history is the key to building a better future.

Our History program explores the events that shaped our present day and the cultures and civilizations that define our shared humanity.

Classes cover topics like ancient civilizations, economics, armed forces, and media and journalism.

You will seek to answer questions like:

  • How have societies evolved over time?
  • How do historical stories shape our understanding of current issues?
  • What major political, economic, and social changes still impact us today?

What makes History at Saint Peter’s University different?

At Saint Peter’s University, our Jesuit education will guide you with a comprehensive understanding of history that connects with our values of ethics, justice, compassion, and the drive to excel.

Our location allows you to explore Jersey City and NYC and live in that history every day. You will also have the chance to take on exciting internships to gain practical, hands-on experience where it matters to you.

Some courses you can take in the History program are:

  • History of Ancient Science
  • World Perspectives
  • History for Educators
  • Rise & Fall of British Empire

What can I do with a History degree?

Practically anything.

History is foundational to a wide range of disciplines and can lead to an even broader range of career options.

With our hands-on, first-person approach to learning and faculty mentors who always have an open door, we can connect you to the career path that ideally suits your strengths.

As a student, you’ll become a proficient researcher with in-demand analytical and communication skills.

Once you graduate you will join Peacocks who have established careers in many roles, including:

  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Researcher
  • Government Analyst
  • Policy Advisor
  • And more!

A history degree from Saint Peter’s University and our amazing alumni network will help you soar!