History

If you like history, Wilkes is the place for you. Small classes with subjects that span time periods and continents, as well as study abroad options, internship opportunities and individualized mentoring help you meld on-campus scholarship with off-campus experiences.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credit Hours
Major, Minor On Campus 120 (18 for minor)

Why Study History at Wilkes?

In studying history at Wilkes, you will join a tight-knit community with full-time faculty historians who bring world perspectives to their classes. They will work with you one-on-one with individualized attention and mentoring, without sacrificing the diversity and breadth of programming offered by larger institutions.

The program offers four specialized yet flexible tracks that help prepare for your career:

  • Pre-law/pre-graduate prepares you for advanced study in law, history or other related professional disciplines.
  • Public history prepares you for work or study in careers that present history to a non-academic audience including museum curator, archive manager, museum educator and more.
  • Secondary education prepares students for careers as secondary education teachers.
  • Digital history allows you to learn the skills necessary to present history in a variety of media, including websites and audio and video documentaries.

Curriculum      Admission Requirements

What Will You Learn as a History Student?

  • You’ll develop skills in research and critical thinking, as well as articulating both written and oral arguments.
  • Study ancient, medieval and modern world history, early and modern American history, women’s history, cultural history and political and economic history.
  • You’ll learn skills that employers are looking for: being able to process large amounts of information and the ability to sift through what is relevant and what is not.
  • Learn how to solve problems and construct arguments in support of one course of action or another.
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Program Highlights

Internships

As a history major, you have the opportunity to participate in an internship at archives and historical sites and museums throughout the region. If you are interested in public history rather than teaching, internships are a great way to explore these options.

Clubs and Organizations

The History Club meets regularly and travels to sites around the region, including Boston, Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. Expand on what you learn in class and have some fun too. Wilkes is also home to a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Experiential Learning

Become part of history. Participate in the annual Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon by transcribing papers of Black activist Julia Ann Cooper. Wilkes students also created a collection for the University archives as well as a public exhibition, “Wilkes in 2020,” to preserve the experiences of Wilkes students during the pandemic.

As a history major at Wilkes, I’ve enjoyed learning how to think more critically about history and how to research historical events. Studying history at Wilkes was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

William Billingsley '21 - Political Science and History

James Alfano '18 Received Fulbright Award to Teach in Taiwan

Alfano taught English at Hualien City School Districts as part of a project to further promote cultural understanding and language instruction to Taiwanese students at their respective schools.  Alfano was one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens to conduct research, teach English and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Fulbright Program

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Careers & Outcomes

Careers

  • Attorney
  • Secondary Education Teacher
  • Library Archivist
  • Political Advisor
  • Museum Curator
  • Journalist

Employers

  • Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
  • U.S. Air Force
  • South Abington School District
  • Line Mountain School District
  • Independent Blue Cross

Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Boston College
  • Penn State Dickinson Law
  • University of Delaware
  • Binghamton University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Villanova University

Internships

History majors gain access to multiple internship opportunities. Some recent organizations where Wilkes students have interned include:

  • National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Antique Auto Club of America Museum, Hershey PA
  • Luzerne County Historical Society
  • Wilkes University Archives

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