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Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Classes do I need to take for a major/minor in history?

To major in history, students must take 8 credits at the 100 level (most courses are valued at 4 credits), History 200, and 28 credits at the 300 level.  History 395 (Historiography and Methods) and History 399 (Senior Thesis) are required to graduate with a degree in history and count toward the 28 upper-level courses required for the major. 

For a minor, students must take 4 credits at the 100 level, HIST 200, and 12 credits at the 300 level. 

Will my AP History credit count toward a major/minor in history?

Students need a score of a 4 or a 5 on the AP test to earn college credit.  If credit is earned, AP European History will count as History 141 or 142: Europe from the Black Death to the French Revolution or Europe since 1750; Old Regime to European Union , AP United States History will count as History 152: American Experience, and AP World History will count as History 100. Credit for these courses can be used to fulfill the required 8 100-level credits needed to major or minor in history.

Will my transfer credits count toward a major/minor in history?

Yes, they can.  Students transferring credit from other institutions will, however, need to get them approved in order for them to count toward a major/minor.  See the Registrar for more info. 

Can I study abroad if I am a history major?

Absolutely!  We encourage all students to take advantage of the great study abroad opportunities offered through CSB/SJU.  With a little forward thinking, a semester abroad can fit seamlessly into a history major's 4-year plan. 

What study abroad programs have classes in history?

The Japan, Greco-Roman, Roman-Greco, and Galway, Ireland programs all offer history classes as a part of their curriculum.  Additionally, the Australia and Cork, Ireland programs allow students to direct enroll in the universities abroad and that makes it easier for students to take classes that will count toward their majors/minors.  For more information on study abroad, including detailed information on each program, visit the Education Abroad's website.

How do I find an internship?

Talk to Career Resources, the Experiential Learning & Community Engagement Internship, or the department that you are looking for an internship opportunity with and they will help you begin your search. 

What can I do with a history major?

There are many opportunities for a student who graduates with a History major. Such as a career in education, working in a classroom setting and educating the youth. Including, working in a history museum or an art gallery. Many times, students from Saint Ben's and Saint John's who major in History will continue furthering their education by going to graduate school, which can open many doors in the job market. At any rate, majoring in history will give you a better understanding of how our society has evolved over time and what has changed to enhance our way of living.

Hundreds of Historians have gone on to be successful lawyers, and a number of our alums are judges.  Many also pursue work in museums as public historians and preservationists.  In addition, dozens of former history students have become officers in the U.S. Military.  Even though it seems less likely, several have combined history with pre-med and gone on to be physicians.  Finally, many history majors have gone into education, teaching in secondary school and colleges, as well as serving as principals and even college presidents - 5 of the last 9 presidents of CSB and SJU have been historians!

I want to go to graduate school.  What should I be doing to prepare?

Start by asking yourself some questions about where you want history to take you.  What kind of career do you want to have?  Do you want to be a professor, work in the field, work in museums, etc...?  How many more years do you want to spend in school?  What have been your favorite history classes so far?  These kinds of questions will help direct your search for graduate programs.

Once you have a good idea of what you want, start researching programs!  Look at the school's curriculum, their faculty, their admission requirements, and any potential graduate assistantships (financial aid) that are available.  Set your sights on the programs that you are the most excited about and want to attend.  Then use the information you've gathered to make yourself an attractive applicant (get involved in on-campus organizations, consider a history related internship, keep your GPA high, etc...).  Then start preparing for the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).  Plan to take the GRE during the summer before or fall of your senior year.  Make sure you budget enough time to study before hand!

It's also a good idea to keep up a rigorous reading habit -- especially during the summer.  This will help you to develop and maintain the kind of academic discipline that is needed for success in graduate school.

Remember that majoring in history does not restrict you to graduate programs in history.  Many a history major has gone on to become a lawyer, a judge, a physician or many other careers! 

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