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The history degree with secondary education certification seeks to educate students' search for truth through excellence in teaching, scholarly research, and service, thus developing students with knowledge, technological competence, aesthetic and ethical values to be successful in a global society. The bachelor of arts degree will provide history majors with an educational environment and experience that will prepare them to teach at the secondary school level, or to find employment in law, government service, industry, and other public and private sectors.

Students combine their studies for a degree in history with 39 credits in secondary education for Pennsylvania Certification in Social Studies or other majors or minors. Currently history students with a bachelor’s degree and Pennsylvania Secondary Certification in Social Studies can expect to receive a starting salary of $40,000+ in the Philadelphia region, depending, of course, upon the individual school district in question.

The author Pearl S. Buck once said, "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." For historians, this search is based in inquiry, research, and synthesis of what has happened in the past—with attention to the possible implications for the future. The history program is designed to stimulate analytical thinking as well as to develop writing and research ability framed around a critical study of the past. Students who choose to pursue a degree in History study a core curriculum rich in arts, sciences, and humanities with a concentration in history courses. Fields of study include American, Western European, Eastern European, Latin American, and Non-Western cultures.

Career Outcomes

 A degree in history prepares the student for careers in business, communications, education, government agencies, journalism, and ministry. A graduate can also continue graduate level studies in government, history, political science, law, and museum administration.


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