Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Study the past to prepare for the future as a History major.

The study of history is more than mere memorization of dates. It provides you with an understanding of the human experiences of the past and present, and it gives you the tools you need to interpret today’s complex global world. History is about people and their social, economic, political and cultural experiences.

As a Bachelor of Arts in History major, you’ll gain a broad knowledge of U.S. and global history. Under the guidance of internationally recognized faculty, you’ll develop an understanding of historical terminology, be able to identify different schools of historical thought and apply the professional standards of the historical discipline. Along the way, you will acquire strong organizational and analytical skills and be able to communicate effectively with government, NGOs and military officials on important political, economic and social issues.

You will also acquire knowledge and understanding of various racial and ethnic cultures, preparing you to successfully pursue a wide variety of careers or an advanced or professional degree.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Gain a perspective on historical events.

Want to teach? Earn a dual degree in History and Education and become certified to teach in middle or secondary schools.

Why choose Edinboro?

The History program at Edinboro University is grounded in a tradition of scholarship and rational thought. As a student, you will learn to apply high-level reading comprehension skills such as critical thinking, contextual analysis and synthesis, and you will also acquire 21st century interactive digital skills. Outstanding resources like these help you face the challenges of our rapidly changing world:

State-of-the-art learning facilities and a Student Resource Study Center with tutoring services.

Internship opportunities in public history organizations and local, state and national government agencies.

Oral History Studio and Collection with more than 600 interviews from people in the region and collections on Italian-American Women, Sisters of St. Joseph, Women in World War II, Men in World War II, Race-Gender Ethnicity, Erie Illusion and more.

Model NATO.

Model United Nations.

Phi Alpha Theta History International Honor Society.

Alumni are making their own history.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in History program find success in a variety of fields. Some share their love of history as elementary or secondary school teachers. Others pursue graduate degrees or find employment at universities, in the media, working for non-profit research organizations, government agencies and business. When combined with a Pre-Law Studies minor, History is also a great major for students interested in attending law school. Notable alumni include:

Jonathan Tenney (BA ’97) - Assistant Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Jennifer Huck (BA ‘00) - Kent State University (History).

R. James Wertz (BA ‘02) - Associate Professor of Journalism and Public Relations and Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Edinboro University.

Jamie Chapman (BA ’02, MA ’07) - Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA.

Timothy Hemmis (BA ‘04) - Southern Mississippi (History).

Dan Vogel (BA ‘05) - Texas Christian University (History).

Deborah Jill Constantin (BA ‘06) - University of Texas-El Paso (History).

Betty Cruz (BA ’09) - Manager of Special Initiatives for the Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.

"History is interconnected to every facet of life. The advantage of attaining a History degree is that it will lead you to careers in education, law, the medical field, business and emerging technological fields."

Umeme Sababu, Chair, Department of History, Politics, Languages and Cultures