History

    • History majors have been an integral part of the University's ongoing archaeological dig at the Early Bronze Age site near Khirbat Iskandar in Madaba, Jordan. The project works closely with the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan. Currently, the project is sponsored by a consortium of three universities: Gannon University, Lubbock Christian University (LCU), and McMurry University.
    • Programs in London are also available through the Washington Center. In addition to the Washington Center, our professors lead students on research trips to presidential libraries, the Library of Congress, and the Holocaust Museum, as well as cities around the world, such as Prague, Budapest, Frankfurt, Berlin, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Amman, Istanbul and Cairo.
    • History majors have studied law and history in graduate schools across the nation and the world. 

    You Will Learn

    History majors are rich with the benefits of an innovative education, a global worldview and community ties. International travel, research at world-class archives, archaeological digs and professional internships enable history majors to encounter the world. Through these experiences, history majors will build skills and resumes that lead to meaningful careers. Studying history and serving others will enable our majors to move from service- learning to public service.

    You Will Experience

    Earning a history degree is not a spectator sport. Through the Washington Center, history majors have the opportunity to live and work in the nation's capital. Internship opportunities include:

    • Federal Trade Commission
    • Ford's Theater
    • Library of Congress
    • National Endowment for the Arts
    • Smithsonian Institution
    • Social Security Administration
    • U.S. Department of Labor

    You Will Achieve

     Students graduating with a bachelor's degree in history have the analytical skills, perspective and scholarship required for a wide variety of occupations and vocations after graduation. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • education
    • international development • international diplomacy
    • journalism
    • law
    • museum curation
    • public policy analysis 

    You will Study

    The history program offers courses covering the remote and recent periods of history, and stresses American, European, and non-Western history. History majors take various core and elective courses including:

    HIST 287: The History of Science and Technology

    In this course students learn the development of science and technology from antiquity to the beginning of the 21st century. This course covers the methodology, uses and aims of science and scientific revolution and its greatest figures from Copernicus to Newton.

    HIST 290: Comics & Culture

    This course examines a form of popular media known generally as "comics" in their intellectual, social, political and cultural context. The course is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge, as well as
    to encourage them to develop a capacity for historical analysis.

    HIST 302: Becoming Human-Becoming the World: World History I

    In this course students study culture continuity and change by concentrating on the most important turning points and developments in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, covering the time span from human origins
    to the edge of the Renaissance. The orientation of the course is global, the themes integrative, the overall goal being to show interconnections in the development of civilization(s), along with divergence across cultural and societal boundaries. The course stresses archaeological and textual evidence.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $39,700
    • Mid-career salary: $71,000

    For a current curriculum listing, visit gannon.edu/academic-offerings
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).