You will develop skills in investigation, writing, and critical analysis, weaving together ideas from other disciplines, which will prepare you for a number of career and graduate school options.
The course topics we offer include:
- Contemporary China and Japan
- World War II in Asia, Europe, and the United States
- Saints and religion in 13th and 14th century Italy
- New England before the Civil War
- Women in 20th century Britain and the United States
- The rise and fall of the British Empire
- The presidency of FDR and the Great Depression
- Society and culture in Latin America
In all of our courses we emphasize critical thinking, research skills, oral presentations, and good writing. These are necessary skills that are all applicable to a wide variety of professions and occupations in the economy today.
History Learning Outcomes
Students will demonstrate the ability think, write, and speak critically and analytically about the past.
Students will conduct research into the past by producing research papers and will correctly document the primary and secondary sources that inform that research.
Students will be able to articulate the dynamic nature of historical change over time in several areas of the world, be able to interpret primary and secondary historical texts in an informed and critical manner.
Students will describe the significant currents and forces that have helped shape world history.
Students will use the tools and resources (digital, print, material) necessary to complete a significant research project in History.
Students will illustrate a broad understanding of the history of at least three of the four geographically-defined areas of the world offered by the department.
Students will be able to describe the major historiographical issues associated with the topics covered.
Travel and learn
Many of our students study abroad all over the world, including Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Consider taking our study tour course to Selma, Alabama, where the Society of Saint Edmund (the founding religious order of Saint Michael's College) played a significant role in the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1960's. An academic study tour to Assisi, Italy, focusing on Saint Francis of Assisi, d. 1226, and the Franciscans) is also in the works.
Do an internship
Students have interned at a variety of places, including the Office of the Governor of Vermont, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Vermont Commission on Women, the Hinesburg Land Trust, Shelburne Museum and more.
Become a member of a national honor society
Our department has a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international Honors Society in History. Saint Michael's College founded its chapter, Alpha Epsilon Nu, in 1991, and membership is open to all students, regardless of major. Special programs and activities are planned throughout the academic year. Phi Alpha Theta's motto is "seek truth." Every year the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Saint Michael's College (Gamma of Vermont) also inducts several history majors and minors into its ranks.
Learn from visiting scholars
Our department sponsors the prestigious and annual Norbert A. Kuntz Memorial Lecture in History. The department established the lecture series to honor Dr. Norbert Kuntz, a long-time Saint Michael's professor and chair of the History Department. This series brings a historian of international stature to Saint Michael's College to address the community. Members of the department also work with other programs and honor societies to bring noted scholars to campus to interact closely with our students. For example, our department cooperated recently with the college Phi Beta Kappa chapter to bring a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar to campus.
Become a double-major or minor
Our department is also closely associated with several interdisciplinary programs - American Studies, East Asian Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, and Medieval Studies.
Many of our students choose to double-major or minor with one of these other disciplines to further enhance their academic experience. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher, History will prepare you well to work in the classroom. If you are thinking of becoming a lawyer, History will prepare you well to work in the courtroom.
After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:
- History Teacher
- Editorial Assistant
- Law Clerk
- Political Campaign Position
- Community Integration Specialist
A degree in history is valuable for a variety of careers and workplaces, including:
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Education agencies and foundations
- Private non-profit organizations
- State or federal government historical programs
- Research institutions
- Public research agencies
- University research agencies
- Foundations or philanthropic organizations
- State councils on the humanities
- Private individual or small firms
- Historic preservation
- Restoration programs
- Consulting for business or public agencies
- Public agencies
- Planning agencies
- Libraries and archives
- State and federal departments of archaeology
- Resident historians in state or national parks
- Government service