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Department of History

Department Contacts

Department Chairperson
  Jeffrey A. Davis, Ph.D. | jdavis@bloomu.edu
Department Secretary
  Rosemary Huber | rhuber@bloomu.edu

104 Old Science Hall
Office: 570-389-4156
Fax: 570-389-4946

Bloomsburg University's Department of History delivers a great course of studies where students and faculty work together in pursuit of excellence.

Students who major or minor in history at Bloomsburg bring to their college experience both excellent high school credentials and strong intellectual curiosity. The Department of History provides scholarships for outstanding students; in fact, no major at Bloomsburg University offers more scholarships and fellowships than does the Department of History. The department is dedicated to honing students' intellectual skills and fostering their love of learning, while providing a solid grounding in American, European and world history.

The excellence of the program is manifest in the academic success of our students and faculty. Students in the program often present their research at honors conferences; several student research papers have won prizes and several more have been published. The history faculty is composed of dedicated working scholars who make teaching their first professional priority. The faculty collectively have produced a long list of important books, research articles and conference presentations. They daily bring this professional experience and expertise into the classroom, where it is integrated into teaching that students routinely recognize as excellent. Faculty and secretarial staff members all work constantly to improve service for our students, evident, for instance, in the accessibility of faculty, the variety of internship opportunities available to students and the quality of student advisement.

Students begin their training in History with a carefully planned series of introductory courses that provide a fundamental survey-level knowledge of the history of the United States as well as world and regional history. They then go on to upper-level seminar courses where they develop a deeper level of knowledge and enhance their ability to work accurately and critically with secondary sources and with primary source documents. Upper-level courses in the Department of History place heavy emphasis on writing, oral presentation and research skills. They also foster use of computers and other information technologies that facilitate historical research and analysis.

These include detailed study of United States history and western civilization, historiography and historical methods, research and writing skills, then options in Asian civilization, modern China and Japan, Latin America, and five courses relating to African history. History majors then work with their adviser to take five upper-division history specialization courses.

Successful undergraduate students in the Department of History pursue a wide variety of careers. Many go on to successful careers in fields normally associated with history, such as law, law enforcement, public history, public administration and education. Students from the program are teaching in primary and secondary schools across the United States. Many of students have pursued graduate training in history at major universities and several have gone on to careers as university professors. Others have distinguished themselves in the business and corporate worlds, in industries ranging from insurance to high-technology information services.

Minor in History

The program for the history minor provides the following features: at least one directed exercise in independent historical research; a minimal background in those courses at the 100 level that are basic to and required of history majors; flexibility in framing a minor pertinent to the student's academic interest; and at least one course at an advanced level.

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History making career choices

It’s not what you’re going to do with a history degree. It’s what can’t you do!

This was exemplified and discussed by five successful history alumni at this fall’s College of Liberal Arts Symposium. Each raved about how their skills in organization and critical thinking have set them apart from other job applicants in the work force. From their experience researching and collecting data for countless essays during their undergraduates days, the alumni said they developed an analytical mind, which helps them quickly solve daily problems in their careers. Another skill they emphasized was writing, editing and a passion for finding the answer.

“To be able to articulate what you know to someone else is necessary,” said Christina Zamon ’99, head of special collections and archives at Georgia State University. “People will respond well when you sound like you know what you’re talking about.”