Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificates in History can be tailored to the student’s specific needs. Students may choose from the history department’s regular course offerings on the basis of their own interests and needs. Students must complete 15 credits to be awarded a certificate. Students may earn multiple certificates.

Who may apply:

  • Applicants must possess a bachelors degree in history or a related field, and have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. GRE scores are not required.
  • Those who already possess a Master of Arts degree in history, education, or a related field and wish to continue advanced studies in history are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants need only complete a brief application form and provide a transcript. Two letters of recommendation and statement of goals are necessary for the Certificate program. However those who already possess a Masters degree may have the requirements waived, please discuss your qualifications with the program director.

Certificates Available

The five available  Certificates in history are as follows:

  1. Graduate Study in History
  2. Graduate Study in American History
  3. Graduate Study in European History (before 1789)
  4. Graduate Study in Modern European History (1789-present)
  5. Graduate Study in World History

Contact the Program Director

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668


Upcoming Events

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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information: http://www.vuhistoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  ...read more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.