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Understand the past to shape the future.

How did the culture of ancient Greece impact democracy in the United States today? In what ways were countries shaped by the wars they fought? And what conditions influenced the views and experiences of some of America’s earliest Catholics? By examining topics like these, historians work to uncover the facts of yesterday to help guide society through today.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in history is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

As a history major at the Mount, you’ll study cultures and events that span time periods from the ancient Romans and Greeks through the modern day. Courses cover the Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, Tudor and Stuart Britain, American Revolution and American Civil War. Topics also include U.S. women’s history, U.S. Catholic history and Native American history, as well as Nazi Germany and World War II, and the Civil Rights era. You’ll also study historical events from other countries, regions and cultures, including Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, France, Islamic Civilization, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Russia.

You’ll learn superb research and communication skills enabling you to pursue career opportunities in a wide range of fields, from politics to journalism or education to public service. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to seek a career as a librarian or archivist for a university, paralegal with a law firm, or pursue a law or other graduate degree.

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Jessica Whitmore, C'16

At the Mount, I was able to study abroad, excel as an honors-double major, grow in my faith and be a captain of a Division I team. Achieving all of that isn't possible at other universities.

Jessica Whitmore, C'16 Director, Phillips Library, Mount St. Mary's University

Where history majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in history have been hired by organizations and companies such as:

  • FBI
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Senate Historical Office
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Kearney & Co.
  • ALS Association
  • National Archives Records Administration
  • Temple University Libraries

And are pursuing graduate degrees at institutions such as:

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Virginia
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Catholic University of America
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

A history minor from the Mount can pair with many different majors, providing you with additional skills. Combine your history minor with an international studies major and work abroad for a non-governmental organization, pair it with an English major to prepare for law school, or add it to a visual and performing arts major to become a documentary film producer.

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Meet Our Faculty

Timothy Fritz

Timothy Fritz

Department Chair / Associate Professor

 Jamie Gianoutsos

Jamie Gianoutsos

Associate Professor / Director of the Fellowship Office

Curtis Johnson

Curtis Johnson


 Michelle Patterson

Michelle Patterson

Associate Professor

Teresa Rupp

Teresa Rupp


 Charles Strauss

Charles Strauss

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Strauss

Elizabeth Strauss

Assistant Professor


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