Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History at Villanova University. Our department offers an undergraduate major and minor in 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 History? "The simple answer is that history majors have a proven track record of success in any number of fields, and make excellent lawyers, consultants, business owners, policy makers, corporate executives and so forth. To study history is to train the mind to assimilate information, recognize patterns and make judgments about what is most important…. All the data are clear on this point: history majors earn comfortable salaries, with most closing the gap with professional majors by peak earning years. And they emerge as leaders in their fields because they are comfortable with the big-picture thinking and long-term vision that the study of history cultivates."  — The Stanford Daily, April 10, 2014

“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. 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

Historical knowledge is no more and no less than carefully and critically constructed collective memory. As such it can both make us wiser in our public choices and more richly human in our private lives.”  William H. McNeill, Why Study History? 

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Dr. Judith Giesberg has just published an essay entitled “'Eye of History’: Looking at Civil War Prisoners of War,” in Lens of War, J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher, eds., Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2015, 185-193. In addition, she was recently appointed an OAH (Organization of American Historians) Distinguished Lecturer.  

The History Department is pleased to share the news that Dr. Catherine Kerrison has published the article “Harriet Hemings, Daughter of the President’s Slave,” which appears in Cynthia A. Kierner and Sandra Gioia Treadway, eds., Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 1 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015): 222-243. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kerrison!

Philadelphia Inquirer: Villanova project tells early history of what would become Cheyney University featuring Dr. Giesberg and her graduate students.

 

 



The History Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Johnson has just published the essay "Dilemmas of 19th-century Liberalism among German Academic Chemists: Shaping a National Science Policy from Hofmann to Fischer, 1865–1919," in Annals of Science 72 (2015): 224-241. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Johnson on his publication!

Dr. Whitney Martinko has won the American Antiquarian Society's Hench Post-dissertation Fellowship. Only one was awarded from seventy applications. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Martinko!

Dr. Paul Steege has been awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Association Senior Scholar Research Grant. Dr. Steege will research abroad in Spring 2016. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Steege!

Entering the Job Market with a BA in History: the AHA has begun a new series on searching for jobs and developing careers with a BA in history... For more information click HERE.

Published Faculty

Take a look at some of the work that has been published by our faculty.