Historical study complements and builds on the foundational courses in the core through its appreciation of the complexity of humankind, recognizing in the men and women who make history the spiritual and material, the intellectual and the emotional diversity of the human condition. History further advances the goals of the core curriculum through an interdisciplinary methodology that seeks to reconstruct our collective past.


Students majoring in history can choose from a number of areas of study.  Offerings include:

  • Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • Christianity in History
  • Early Modern Europe
  • History of Gender
  • History of War and Peace
  • Modern Europe
  • Modern US History
  • Modern World History
  • Public History
  • Race and Ethnicity in History
  • Science and Nature
  • Self-Designed Concentration
  • US to 1877


History majors may opt to include a Pre-Law concentration, refining their studies and cultivating the essential skills for a career in the legal field.

The Pre-Law concentration provides undergraduate students with additional opportunities to hone their expository writing skills, strengthen their ability to construct and present persuasive written and oral arguments, and engage in the type of analysis needed for success as legal professionals. In addition to specific courses offered by the Department of History, the Pre-Law concentration requires students to select from a set of distinctive courses regularly offered by Arts and Science Professional Development and the Departments of Political Science, English, Communication, Philosophy and Sociology/Criminology.

Courses taken in the Pre-Law concentration that also count toward the History major will count toward both the History major and the Pre-Law concentration. The concentration requires 19 credits, at least 9 credits of which must be completed within the Department of History. 

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.