Three students sitting and collaborating on History project.

History seeks to understand and to explain the story of human experience, since the past provides the only laboratory of human experience actually lived.

History students explore the complexity of humankind, recognizing in the men and women who make history the spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional diversity of the human condition. History is the story of our human ancestors and the cultures and institutions they created in their search for identity, purpose and value. As they study the past, our students learn to become historians by using a wide range of sources to tell the stories of the famous and infamous, as well as those who have often been overlooked by earlier generations.


Study the past to understand the present and imagine the future. If you don’t know where you have been, you can’t know where you are going.

The skills learned in the study of History are in demand in today's world. Explore our Careers page to find out more about professional opportunities as well as the career paths of recent graduates.

Our faculty make the past come alive. History faculty members have a wide range of career experience, including teaching and research, but also extending to a variety of jobs in the private and public sectors. They are willing mentors who are invested in your success.


History Majors develop research, writing and analysis skills, along with organization and managerial skills. Employers who hire history majors include government agencies, public interest groups, financial institutions and law firms. Some of the careers open to individuals are correspondent, columnist, legal profession and corporate management.

St. Augustine Center
Room 403
800 E Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085


Opened in 2017, Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest is founded on the belief that historical scholarship and historical perspective, when brought to bear on contemporary global issues, can help us make better decisions and create a better society.