Program TypeMajor, Minor
Degrees OfferedB.A., B.S.
SchoolSchool of Arts & Sciences
Discover the past in fresh, creative ways to help nourish our present and future. Explore the great questions about what it means to be human.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn to answer for yourself humankind’s questions of meaning and purpose based on your study of cultures across a broad range of historical periods and places.
- What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be good?
- What is a good society, and what does it mean to live together in society?
- How does geography influence our economy, society, and politics?
- How does place and work influence our culture?
- How does the world of ideas interact with concrete realities?
- Examine History Through Our Unique Courses
Gain an advanced understanding of the field through our unique series of methodology courses focusing on historical inquiry: Historian’s Craft, Historiography and Prospectus, and Senior Seminar. You’ll work with faculty mentors and read great historians, past and contemporary.
- Participate in Research and Community Engagement Projects
Students gain professional experience at local historical institutions and engage with the community through projects like “Letters from the Great War.” Students are also encouraged to join the Dawson Society, a student organization promoting engagement with history, culture, and the conservative intellectual tradition.
- Work Closely with Faculty Who are Leaders in Their Fields
We have many outstanding professors, including Dr. Joseph Stuart, who specializes in the cultural history of the 18th and early 20th centuries, Dr. Anne Brodeur, an expert in medieval religious history; Profesor Laurence Brodeur, whose expertise is in post-World War II Europe; and Dr. Julie Yarwood, who specializes in American religious history.
- Become an Educator
Careers & Outcomes
A degree in history prepares graduates for a wide range of careers. Employers in all sectors of the economy value employees with the research, communication, and critical thinking skills that Mary's history majors develop. In addition to pursuing graduate study, our history graduates enter the workforce in schools, museums, businesses, government, the military, historical societies, research organizations, libraries, publishing or touring companies, archives, historical consulting firms, and more.
My history degree has been imperative to my work in the non-profit sector because it has given me a good foundation of knowledge to help me understand how culture, government, social services, charities, and populations of people all interweave. It has especially helped me to understand the role that generational trauma and history play into the struggles of different populations of people today.
Joseph T. Stuart, PhD
Director of History Program, Associate Professor of History, Fellow in Catholic Studies
I teach in the history and Catholic studies programs. I believe culture is the driving force of history, and that cult, in the sense of "worship," is the wellspring of culture. The vocation of the historian is enriching the world of the present through knowledge and preservation of the past.
Ann Brodeur, PhD
Associate Professor of History and Catholic Studies, Chair of Language and Literature Department, NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative
I am an assistant professor of history and Catholic studies. I am a social historian of the medieval world, focusing my research on the intersection of religion and culture in medieval communities. I teach courses on medieval history, medieval pilgrimage, religion and culture, as well as courses on the history of education and Catholic studies. I have published papers and book chapters on history, anthropology, law, economics, and education. My most recent work focuses on mechanisms of solidarity in local communities and on new approaches to the person in disability history.