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The department of history and archaeology offers students a 21st century education filled with unique opportunities and hands-on experience. With a program emphasizing great breadth of knowledge and experience, yet a number of focused career paths, a Gannon history major will encounter a curriculum comprised of interdisciplinary, experiential, service, and innovative study-abroad initiatives—a set of courses developed to provide students with the essential intellectual, global, and professional skills they need to reach their professional and personal goals.
The department, as its name indicates, is dedicated to both the humanities and the social sciences. The student will choose history classes from a wide-range of American, European, and non-Western regions of the world, both in the recent past and as far back as the remote past of our ancient ancestors. A host of social science classes, for example, archaeology, anthropology, geography, museum/archival studies, offers additional choices for students to develop overlapping, interdisciplinary career and professional paths to enhance their future career or research opportunities. There are numerous internships available to provide the necessary hands-on experience to balance the academic training.
The department prides itself on lively classrooms that provide students the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussion and the necessary critical writing skills and research methods to hone life-long tools of perspective, objectivity, judgment, values and morality.
There are multiple tracks in the department from which to choose: a history concentration, an archaeology/public history concentration, the 3+3 law concentration in consort with Duquesne University; the social studies concentration, and, in consort with the School of Education, the teacher certification in social studies/secondary education. To enhance choice and to promote a well-rounded history major, the department’s signature curriculum includes 38 history and other electives. Advisers will work closely with you to construct a four-year program that melds your interests and professional aspirations together with a solid academic program. The picture gallery illustrates just a few of our recent students who achieved their research or career goals upon graduating from the department of history and archaeology.
I welcome you to contact us at any time so that we can discuss you, Gannon, and an education and degree in the humanities that is preparatory for virtually any field.
Following two semesters (spring and summer) of interning in the House of Representatives, Senior Political Science major James Marsh is pictured with House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (House Majority Leader) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.