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History, European History Concentration, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in History with a European history concentration program allows you to pursue specialized coursework and develop an expertise in the history of Europe. This concentration is recommended for students considering graduate studies focusing on European history.

What Will I Learn?

Curriculum is drawn from a variety of classes addressing a range of time periods, topics and regions spanning from ancient to contemporary European history. Studying abroad in Europe can also provide you with very meaningful and rewarding experiences.

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What are the requirements for this degree?

In addition to general education requirements, this major requires a solid core in history courses with a lot of opportunities to pursue personal interests through history electives. You are also required to assemble and submit a portfolio to document your academic growth and major accomplishments.

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Possible Minors:

  • International studies
  • French or French cultural studies
  • German studies
  • Spanish

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

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
  • Journalists
  • Documentary editors
  • Producers of multimedia material
  • Archivists
  • Librarians
  • Information managers
  • Museums and historical organizations
  • Cultural resources management and historic preservation

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History can pursue an accelerated Master of Arts in Applied History through the 4+1 B.A./M.A. program.

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for History alumni
The estimated salary for History alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

There are plenty of great opportunities outside the classroom including internships, research, events, volunteer opportunities and studying abroad in Europe. Nearby sites that offer opportunities for Ship students include:

  • Fashion Archives Museum of Shippensburg University
  • Cumberland County Historical Society
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Pennsylvania State Museum and Archives
  • United States Army Heritage and Education Center
  • United States Civil War Museum

You can also join the History Club to take part in activities and field trips to historical sites, as well as Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. The student-run organization also connects with alumni often, allowing you to learn about careers through lectures, workshops and shared experiences. Ship also has an active chapter of Pi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, for those who qualify.

Contact The History & Philosophy Department

Dauphin Humanities Center 122-124 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1621 Fax: (717) 477 - 4062