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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-BA 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

History isn't a 'useless' major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of. Read more from the Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, May 30, 2016

The pupose of the attached chart is to show the variety of career opportunities available to historians. Areas of employment are extensive. Click HERE to view!

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Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Diamond who won the 2016 CLAS Tolle Lege Adjunct Teaching Excellence award.

History student Dan Center won the best paper prize at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at West Chester University! His paper is entitled, "Out in the Streets and Out on the Battlefield: Pennsylvania Quakers and their involvement in the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777." This paper was part of Dan's senior seminar paper. Dr. Craig Bailey, who supervised Dan, deserves great credit for his ability to bring the best out in his students. Way to go Dan, way to go Dr. Bailey!

It is with great pleasure that we share the news that Dr. Cristina Soriano has just published an article entitled "Remembering the Slave Rebellion of Coro: Historical Memory and Politics in Venezuela," co-authored with anthropologist Krisna Ruette, in the prestigious journal Ethnohistory, 63:2 (April 2016), 328-350. Congratulations Dr. Soriano!

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Liu and his published article, “Incense and Industry: Labour and Capital in the Tea Districts of Huizhou, China,” Past and Present (2016) 230.1: 161-195. For the last sixty years, Past and Present has been regarded as the premier British journal of social, economic, and cultural history.

Professor Judith Giesberg now serves as Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era. Click here for further details!

Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky has just published an article entitled "The Colonial Rule of Law and the Legal Regime of Exception: Frontier “Fanaticism” and State Violence in British India” in The American Historical Review (October 2015) 120 (4): 1218-1246.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kolsky on this achievement!

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.

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


Published Faculty

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