History is a pragmatic discipline in which the analysis of change over time involves sifting the influences and perspectives that affect the course of events, and evaluating the different forms of evidence historians exploit to make sense of them. Teaching students how to weigh these sources and convert the findings into persuasive analysis lies at the heart of the department’s teaching.
The history program at Holy Cross prepares students for graduate study in history, as well as other fields (such as law, politics, administration, journalism, librarianship, and so on) which make use of the transferable skills it teaches. In this article, the National Association of Scholars says, “And small though the history department is at Holy Cross, its major, by NAS lights, compares very favorably with most of the programs included in our survey…[P]ound for pound, it’s one of the most solid history majors that I’ve seen for some time, the kind that can really prepare students for teaching, law school, graduate work in history or any number of professional callings.”
Upon completion of a history degree from Holy Cross, students should:
- Understand what it means to think historically, as in locating subjects in time and place and being sensitive to the contingencies of context and to change over time;
- Be able to exhibit critical and interpretive thinking skills using primary sources;
- Be able to identity different types of sources of historical knowledge;
- Display analytical writing skills and close reading skills; and
- Display effective oral communication skills.
Major and Minor Requirements
Angel Cortes, Ph.D.
Chair, History Department
The history major at Holy Cross is focused on developing research skills, critical thinking and disciplined study. I have spent my career conducting thorough, detailed research, and there is nothing more thrilling than finding and reading material for the first time. My new book is Sectarianism & Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). I have also conducted research in the following libraries and archival depositories:
- Sterling Memorial Library & Beinecke Library (Yale U.)
- Widener Library & Pusey Library (Harvard U.)
- Firestone Library, Marquand Library, & Mudd Manuscript Library (Princeton U.)
- Bancroft Library & Newspapers/Microforms Library (U. of California, Berkeley)
- Thompson Library & Archives/Special Collections Library (Vassar College)
- Clapp Library (Wellesley College)
- Hesburgh Library, Rare Books/Special Collections, and Archives (U. of Notre Dame)
- Butler Library (Columbia U.)
- Neilson Library (Smith College)
- Joseph Regenstein Library (U. of Chicago)
- Bentley Historical Library (U. of Michigan)
- Archives of the Archdiocese of New York & Boston
Christopher Beiting, Ph.D.
Fr. Michael Sullivan C.S.C.
|Popular Jobs for History Majors||National Median Pay|
|High School Teacher||$50,200|
|Paralegal / Legal Assistant||$53,100|
|Insurance Claims Adjuster||$56,200|
|Human Resources Manager||$70,300|
|College/University Admissions Counselor||$33,500|
|Restaurant General Manager||$56,600|
|Elementary School Teacher||$46,500|
|Non-Profit Organization Executive Director||$65,100|
|Inside Sales Representative||$50,600|
|Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator||$38,600|
|Customer Service Representative||$34,900|
|Retail Store Manager||$49,800|
Methodology:All data is limited to those with a Bachelor’s degree and no higher degrees who work full-time in the United States. Jobs are listed in order of relative popularity among graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in the given major from any college. Median salaries listed. See full methodology for more at www.payscale.com.
Chair, History Department