Bachelor’s in History

In today’s world, knowledge of history and its lessons can have an impact on all areas of life—business, law, education and much more.

At PennWest University, the bachelor’s degree in History will help you develop deep historical knowledge as well as strong critical thinking skills that will serve you well in a wide range of careers.

When you explore the lessons of history, you will be ready to excel in many fields. The study of history encourages you to examine the values of your society and those of other societies. It develops your abilities to read critically, think analytically, communicate ideas effectively and examine human problems in light of ethical values.

At PennWest, you will work closely with your professors to learn about traditional and contemporary theories, philosophies and ideologies, all the while focusing on skills that are in demand in the 21st century liberal arts job market. You'll explore the functions and roles of major governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental institutions in different political systems, cultures and societies throughout the ages and receive a hands-on introduction to historical research and writing.

You'll have the opportunity to select a wide variety of courses that suit your interests from courses in American history, global history topics, and other diverse subjects that are relevant in today's society.

Whether you choose to enter the workforce or go on to earn an advanced degree, you’ll graduate armed with a solid understanding of how the study of history impacted the past and shapes the future.

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Credits: 120

Dr. Marc Sanko

Award-winning faculty

PennWest history professors are published authors and have been recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service.

Valuable internships

Get real-world experience through internships in parks, museums, government offices and other sites.

Phi Alpha Theta

You’ll have the opportunity to join this international history society, one of the highest rated national honor societies.

History (BA)
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Careers and Salaries

What can you do with a history degree? The answer is: Plenty! Some professions, such as teacher, archivist and museum curator, are directly related to the history major. But many students also find that undergraduate study in history provides an excellent foundation for careers in law, religion, the Foreign Service and diplomacy, as well as government. In addition, history majors are employed in marketing and communications fields, the business sector, and the insurance industry. Our alumni have gone on to complete graduate programs in history at Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Kentucky, Florida International University and Indiana University.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to: Demonstrate appropriate writing skills to develop a well-supported historical argument.
  2. Students will be able to: Demonstrate a broad knowledge of history.
  3. Students will be able to: Produce a scholarly, written work with proper evidence and documentation.
  4. Students will be able to: Use historical terminology to identify the general principles of historical thought.
  5. Students will be able to: Apply the professional standards of the historical discipline.
  6. Students will be able to: Communicate historical knowledge and interpretations to a variety of audiences.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
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