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History Major

History students at John Carroll develop contextually responsible and critical interpretations of the past that help us better understand the course of human experience and help to shape our future.

You’ll discover courses that cross national boundaries or span time periods, from the ancient world to the modern era. You may take a course on the history of the Jesuits, human rights, the history of American capitalism, modern China, or slavery and abolition, just to name a few. We are constantly developing new courses as our scholarship, and world, take new directions.

All history students earn a Bachelor of Arts in History. The major requirements are easy to manage, allowing you to graduate in four years and to double major or add one or more minors, if you so choose. A history major pairs nicely with many other majors, such as economics, education, English, philosophy, political science, sociology, and theology and religious studies.

Our faculty is constantly developing new courses as their scholarship takes new directions. Those courses include:

  • The Spanish Armada
  • Saints and Scoundrels (the Jesuits)
  • World War I & Modernity
  • Atlantic World to 1700
  • Childhood in American History
  • Japanese Popular Culture
  • African History through Autobiography
  • Berlin: From Reich to Republic
    (in Berlin over Spring Break)
  • Rome: City of Emperors, Popes and Saints
    (in Rome over Spring Break)
  • Slavery and Abolition
  • Che Guevara: The Man, The Icon, His Times
  • Nazi Germany: Origins, Structures, Consequences
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • French Revolution and Napoleon
  • History on Film

Two classes, Historical Methods and Senior Seminar, feature hands-on learning, and our Internship program exposes students to the management of historical societies, from display design to fund raising.

Check out our Major Requirements here. For those majors who enrolled at John Carroll University before 2015, please check out the major requirements here. To declare a history major, complete the declaration of major form here. Bring a copy to the department administrative assistant or Chair along with a degree evaluation printed from Banner, and that’s it!