The History Department offers an extremely wide variety of courses to majors, minors, and those students looking for core or elective credit. Every semester you will find courses on Asian, Latin American, European, African, and United States history. You’ll also discover many courses that cross national boundaries. We also offer courses that span time periods, from the ancient world to the modern era.
The department is home to a diverse, dynamic faculty who feature a variety of teaching styles. We seek to promote knowledge of and appreciation for the past. We also wish to develop important skills and habits that will benefit students in their lives and careers. Public speaking, the ability to read and understand complex materials, and writing clarity are some of the essential skills that a study of history at John Carroll imparts. The study of history also encourages people to be curious about their world, to be open to new experiences, and to be good neighbors and citizens.
Our majors and minors move on to a wide variety of post-graduate experiences. They are especially active in business, education, law, public service, and entrepreneurship. For some testimonials by recent graduates, click on the Success Stories tab.
The department offers a number of programs, scholarships, and activities. Besides the major and minor programs, history is closely linked with a number of minors and concentrations: Modern European Studies; Latin American Studies; East Asian Studies; Peace, Justice, and Human Rights; Catholic Studies; and Classics, to name a few. If you’re in any of these programs, you’re already well on your way to a history major or minor. And if you’re already in history, it’s a snap to complete one of these programs.
The department also offers a film series and a speaker series. The History Student Association is open to all undergraduates interested in history — not just majors and minors — and sponsors a variety of activities. Click on History Union for more information. We offer independent studies and internships for interested students. Finally, the department offers two Rev. Howard Kerner, S.J., scholarships each year. Awardees receive $2,000 during their senior year at JCU.
Don’t hesitate to speak to a faculty member or come by the chair’s office (B-261) for more information about the department.
Associate Professor and Chair