At the heart of our History major is the idea that stories—those of individuals, communities, and societies—matter. In exploring these stories, you’ll gain an understanding of how and why the past has shaped the present and build a foundation for becoming an engaged, empathic citizen in a global society.
With Penn State Behrend’s B.A. in History, you’ll develop expertise in research, critical analysis, documentation and writing, cultural awareness, and effective communication—precisely the competencies that employers want in new hires and those necessary to advance in leadership and executive positions.
Why Penn State Behrend?
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ 14:1 average faculty-to-student ratio in upper-division classes means that you will enjoy mentoring relationships with your professors. But because you’ll be part of Penn State, you’ll also have access to the opportunities and resources of a preeminent global research university.
You’ll put those resources to use in developing your own research project within your History major, working closely with a faculty mentor, and pursuing undergraduate research grants. Many of these projects are presented at conferences, and some have been published in professional journals. All projects are eligible to compete for the endowed John Rossi Research Prize for the best student paper.