“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?
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
They Never Grow Old: The Freckleton, England Air Disaster of 1944, featuring James Hedtke, Ph.D.: 9/23/14
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Conscience of the Holocaust Lecture
Ellen Cassedy, speaker, journalist, author of non-fiction books, and Yiddish translator, is coming to speak on Wednesday, October 22 at 12:30pm in Falvey Memorial Library, Room 204.
For more information click HERE.
Be sure to check out our Departmental FaceBook, highlighting the monthly theme and listing the latest departmental news and events.
Take a look at some of the work that has been published by our faculty.
You can download the upcoming courses below in PDF format.
Art History Courses