Welcome to the Department of History at Villanova University. Our department offers an undergraduate major and minor in both History and Art History, as well as a Master's degree and a Post-B.A. Graduate Certificate in History.
Feel free to view current departmental news and events, learn more about our programs and meet our faculty. Also, for more information, please view the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Graduate Studies web sites.
"Why study history? The answer is because we virtually must, to gain access to the laboratory of human experience. When we study it reasonably well, and so acquire some usable habits of mind, as well as some basic data about the forces that affect our own lives, we emerge with relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness.... Between the inescapable minimum and the pleasure of deep commitment comes the history that, through cumulative skill in interpreting the unfolding human record, provides a real grasp of how the world works." - Historian Peter Stearns
“History is such a great major. I am perpetually amazed at how important history research and writings skills are for further studies, foreign policy, military and intelligence operations, and just good work habits. In my world, you live by your references, the validity of your sources, their relevance and how information matches with political, historical and geographic context. If you arrive in the business world without such skills, you are less likely to succeed, and can derail policy or even get people killed. I witnessed many smart people with boundless energy who would have done much better for their country and themselves had they ever been history majors.” — Colonel Jeff Hartman, U.S. Army
"Employers want successful people. A company on Wall Street would hire a 3.6 history major over a 2.6 finance major."
— Nancy Dudak, Director of Career Services