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“The history department at Holy Cross has been very influential and great to me as I pursue a career in the field as a Museum Worker or even becoming a Historian. Dr. Angel Cortes has been the one man to guide me in my four years at Holy Cross and he’s been someone I could always count on for advice on my path or have answers to any question I ask. He and the others I’ve met in the department have inspired me to become the person I am when it comes to work ethic, analyzing documents, and attention to details. History has been my passion since I was a child and it has been my driving force to participate in any historical discussion event and in my classes.”


History is so much more than the study of the past

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 offers you the opportunity to enrich your knowledge of your culture, your country, and your world through:

  • Close reading of primary sources
  • Intense conversations with accomplished faculty and curious peers (in classes averaging 20 students)
  • The College offers classes in pre-Columbian history and Latin America, the focus is on the United States, where student can take courses from Colonial America to the United States since 1945
  • Participating in an internship (100 percent of our students intern)
  • Writing award-winning research papers (Holy Cross College history majors have garnered Delta Epsilon Sigma’s national Research Prize in two of the last three years)

The professional opportunities for curious scholars know no bounds

Our students have pursued graduate study in history, law, politics, journalism, librarianship, and more. They’ve embarked on careers in archives, museums, and education, to name just a few. While their paths have varied, they all share one thing in common: they are intellectually curious scholars equipped to excel wherever their passions take them.

History Major Requirements

History Minor Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements

Faculty major academic advisor

Professors. Mentors. Partners in historical exploration. The Holy Cross College history faculty will help you connect your curiosity and intellect with the needs of the world.

Ángel Cortés, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History