History is essential to active and empathetic global citizenship. Rather than simply memorizing facts, Ursinus History students learn to think critically about the relationship between the past and the present. Through a diverse curriculum, they discover how different elements of human existence—economics, politics, religion, social dynamics, physical environment, and more—affect individuals and their societies. Our goals are to provide a strong foundation in research methods; to foster analytical and communication skills; and to cultivate the global and multicultural perspectives that are necessary to understand the human condition and contemporary world affairs. Our students graduate ready to engage in a globalized world.
Through their coursework, as well as internships and other independent learning experiences in our history-rich region, our majors and minors prepare for a surprising variety of career fields. Graduates of our program go on to pursue careers in law, business, government, the Foreign Service, journalism, the health professions, and more. Those who wish to pursue a history-centered career find opportunities in high school and college teaching, as well as museums, historic sites, archives, and libraries. We proactively support our students in their pursuit of internships, independent learning experiences, and careers. Over the course of these careers, the majority of history alumni obtain graduate degrees.
Ursinus History students will:
- Develop a questioning outlook on the world that demands evidence and sophisticated use of information.
- Explore the complexity and diversity of the human experience, across time and space, adding to their appreciation of multiple perspectives on the past and present.
- Understand what they read, consider the construction and evolution of historical knowledge, and make connections beyond the classroom.
- Gather, order, analyze and interpret data to make a succinct and persuasive written argument with the appropriate supporting evidence.
- Deliver effective oral presentations and participate in discussion by defending a position, listening to others, and responding to alternative views or evidence.
- Collaborate with peers and mentors in the pursuit of excellent work and historical understanding.