Why Study History
Ship’s Department of History offers two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd), with the option to elect a concentration in Public History. Students who elect the BA often use that degree as the springboard to graduate school,
government service, and business careers. One of the biggest fields for career opportunities is the variety of positions available in local, state, and federal government. Our undergraduate history majors are extremely well prepared to take civil service exams successfully and to
provide the skills needed and wanted in most government jobs.
The department offers courses in most world regions and a wide variety of time periods. We foster active collaboration between faculty and students, and have a strong commitment to engaging undergraduate students in faculty-student research projects. Learning how to research
and uncover important parts of history is crucial for any student.
Why Study History at Ship
Our distinguished, teaching-focused faculty members provide a dynamic learning environment where you can explore the fascinating people, events, and ideas of the past through innovative classes, hands-on research, and experiential learning.
A distinctive feature of Ship’s BSEd program is that we have two faculty members who serve as special academic advisors to our students pursuing teacher certification. Both of these faculty members were high school history teachers who chose to return and earn their doctoral
degrees, so they are history scholars and experienced classroom teachers. These faculty help students navigate the university and state requirements for teacher certification, teach the department’s course on social studies teaching methods, and supervise student teachers in the
Shippensburg University is home to the Fashion Archive and Museum, a professional history museum with a collection of over 14,000 artifacts. The Fashion Archives provides you with a convenient opportunity to volunteer, intern, and gain high-quality professional museum experience
without leaving the Shippensburg campus.
Nearby historical sites and institutions offer unusually rich resources for the study of history. Recently, students have arranged internships at such places as:
- Cumberland County Historical Society
- Gettysburg National Military Park
- Pennsylvania State Museum and Archives
- US Army Heritage and Education Center
- US Civil War Museum
Internships may also be arranged with historical institutions anywhere in Pennsylvania or the United States.
Our program has a large and active network of alumni working in education, business, and public history. The department actively connects current students with our graduates by bringing alumni to campus to lecture, conduct workshops, and share their professional
experiences with our history majors.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Our department offers students continuous career advisement beginning at new student orientation, and continuing until graduation, so that students can prepare themselves for successful post-graduate careers. Students are also encouraged to take full advantage of the
campus Career Development Center where they can receive personalized assistance with job searches and applications for graduate school.
Many professional fields hire history majors because they can research, think, organize, and communicate. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree are strongly encouraged to do internships and to pursue a minor that provide them with additional technical and
History majors are well prepared to take civil service exams successfully and to provide the skills needed and wanted in many government jobs. Our department's focus on global history prepares students for careers with international organizations and government
agencies that seek individuals with an understanding of other societies and cultures.
Other career paths for history majors include:
- Writers and Editors
- Documentary Editors
- Producers of Multimedia Material
- Information Managers
- Museums and Historical Organizations
- Cultural Resources Management and Historic Preservation
The average salary for historians in PA is $56,000.