Three Great History Options for Undergraduates

B.S.Ed. Degree: Training Future Social Studies and History Teachers

Our Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with Social Studies certification program prepares students to be middle school and high school teachers. A unique aspect of our program is that we have two faculty members who serve as special academic advisers to our B.S.Ed. students. Both of these faculty members were high school history teachers who chose to return and earn their doctoral degrees, so they are both experts in history scholarship and experienced classroom teachers. These faculty members help students to navigate the university and state requirements for teacher certification, teach the department's social studies teaching methods course, and supervise student teachers in the field.

Students who complete their degrees will be certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to teach History, Geography, Civics, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology.

Our department has a close working relationship with teachers and school districts throughout the region, offering our student teachers high-quality practicums and field placements.

B.A. Degree: A Flexible Program Offering Valuable Skills & Experiences

Our Bachelor of Arts Degree is a high-quality liberal arts degree that provides students with enormous flexibility to pursue their personal and professional interests while gaining a wide range of marketable skills.The history degree contains forty-two credits of free electives (14 courses), providing the flexibility to pursue minors, double majors, and off-campus study abroad and internship opportunities. Few other programs at the university offer you as much freedom to shape your educational experience.

Through the careful study of the past, history majors developing strong skills in research, writing, oral communication, and critical thinking. These are the core skills that many employers say they want in new employees.

Students are encouraged to pursue minors in fields such as international studies, journalism/public relations, business, public administration, or technical writing that will complement their historical training and enhance their range of skills.

International study abroad opportunities also fit well with the history degree, allowing students to gain valuable new perspectives while studying abroad. History students pursuing the B.A. degree are strongly encouraged to undertake internships where they can gain professional work experiences and practical job skills.

Alumni who have majored in history have found career success in a wide range of jobs and occupations. The history degree is an extremely versatile degree that can provide a solid foundation for careers in government, business, education, law, or in the non-profit sector. A history major can also prepare one for a writing profession. Media outlets, non-profit organizations, and business frequently hire history majors because they can research, think, organize, and communicate. Many other fields also look for these skills. Our history majors have also pursued graduate studies in a wide variety of fields, such as public history, divinity school, public administration, and law school.

B.A. with Public History Concentration: History Careers Outside the Classroom

Students interested in working for museums, historical societies, or archives often need a history major as a first step toward their careers. The department’s Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Public History Concentration introduces students to the specialized methods used by history professionals. History internships allow these students to explore historical careers and to gain valuable work experience while earning credit towards their degrees. This combination of training and on-the-job experience provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue the advanced degree often required for employment in these fields.

Course Checklists

For up-to-date degree requirements and course descriptions, please click here for the Shippensburg University Catalog.

Program Guidelines

What's New?!

Tea and History with Dr. Betty Dessants, Monday, Apr. 11, 2-2:30 pm, DHC Fishbowl

On Monday, April 11, 2016, from 2-2:30 pm in the DHC Fishbowl, the History/Philosophy Department and the Shippensburg University Women in History Network will be hosting a Russian Tea with Dr. Betty Dessants, Shippensburg University Professor of History. Dr. Dessants will be discussing how she became interested in history, her challenges, observations, and career as a professional historian. Come join us for tea and great conversation with Dr. Dessants!

A View from the History Classroom: A Talk with Mr. Chris Pavone, Monday, Apr. 11, 7:30 pm DHC 205

The History Alumni Mentoring Network & the History/Philosophy Department are proud to welcome back to campus Mr. Chris Pavone,a recent graduate of the department who is now teaching social studies at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. He will be sharing about his experiences at Ship in the history education program, and his journey from the campus to the high school classroom. The talk will be Monday, April 11 at 7:30 pm in Dauphin Humanities Center 205.

Department Spring Newsletter is Now Available!

To view the Spring Newsletter for the History Department: Click Here!

Join us for the SU History Club meeting every Monday this Spring Semester

Location: Dauphin Humanities (DHC) 205

Time: 7:30pm 

For more information, contact History Club President: Tyler Newcomer Email: