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  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Discover Impactful Careers with a History Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon University’s history program offers the rich benefits of an innovative education, a global worldview and community ties that will help change you and change the world. Start your journey with Gannon and develop the analytical skills, perspective and scholarship you need to obtain a career in diplomacy, higher education, international development, journalism, law, public policy analysis, writing and more.

    • Publish work in leading undergraduate journals in the U.S. and the English-speaking world.
    • Study in London in a program offered by the Washington Center.
    • Be a part of the University’s archaeological dig at the Early Bronze Age site in Madaba, Jordan.

    Learn to Lead the Way in History

    • Understand the values, ideas, personalities and institutions that existed in the past and shaped the present.  
    • Build a capacity for careful and rigorous thought, cultural competence and abilities that promote success in careers throughout the global economy.  
    • Learn to find, examine, integrate and evaluate information from different sources and time periods, and build the foundations of critical thinking.  
    • Acquire the intellectual tools and habits of mind you can use to navigate a complex world.  

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Learn history where it was made on research trips to presidential libraries, the Library of Congress and the Holocaust Museum, as well as cities such as Prague, Budapest, Frankfurt, Berlin, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Amman, Istanbul and Cairo.  
    • Join the history majors who have studied law and history in prestigious graduate schools across the nation and the world. 

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    History Students in Egypt

    Gain real-world knowledge through key history courses including: 

    History through Arabic Literature: Gain a greater understanding of the Arab world through the lens of literary works written in Arabic from the sixth century until the present.

    History Through Biography and Fiction: Travel to the Library of Congress to research and then write your own original work of historical fiction or biography.

    Good and Evil: Reconciling the Holocaust: Travel to Poland and Prague to examine the reality of the Holocaust from multiple historical and theological perspectives through this team-taught, cross-disciplinary course.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    History Class

    Our history program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Develop fundamental intellectual skills that will be of lifelong utility in a wide variety of careers.  
    • Join the graduates who have achieved distinction in the fields of diplomacy, higher education, international development, journalism, the law and government.  
    • Earn an average starting salary of $39,700 or mid-career salary of $71,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate knowledge of the historical, political, economic, philosophical, technological, and socio-cultural developments of the West through their written work and class discussion.
  2. Students demonstrate knowledge of the historical, political, economic, philosophical, technological, and socio-cultural developments of the non-Western world through their written work and class discussion.
  3. Student demonstrates the ability to write and support a thesis-based paper and oral arguments.
  4. Students comprehend cross-cultural and global perspectives roles, and evaluates the role of race, class, and gender in shaping historical events and trends through their written work and class discussion.
  5. Student applies historical knowledge to duties of global citizenship, Catholic Social Teachings, the Catholic intellectual tradition, & service learning through their written work and class discussion.
Matt Whaley

Matt Whaley History

“The faculty at Gannon are truly dedicated to each and every one of their students and seeing them succeed. Small class sizes allow professors to get to know each of their students on a personal level, and this brings professors to have a vested interest in each of their students success.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.