Bachelor of Arts in History
History is the study of human life recreated from the tracks our
ancestors have left behind. The Mount’s history program traces
these tracks from antiquity to the present, and explores the rich
variety of societies and cultures from around the globe.
In the study of the past, our program equips students with
research techniques, analytical strategies, and reading and writing
skills that students will find invaluable in a number of today’s
most vital occupational settings.
In organizing the curriculum, the faculty has taken care to
provide students with a broad general knowledge of history, and a
firm foundation for graduate schools or careers in business,
government service, law and teaching. Practice and theory are
linked through internships in local and regional historical sites
and historical societies.
History at the Mount
Students who major in history must complete a minimum of 30
credits, but not more than 40 credits, in the discipline. Six
credits in political science may be used as part of the 30-credit
minimum. The remaining credits should be distributed over three
areas: American, European and non-Western Studies. At least 18 of
the 30 credits must be taken in courses numbered at the 3000 or
4000 level. Additional requirements apply to students who are
seeking education certification.
Minor in History: Students who minor in history
must take 18 credits in the discipline. Three credits may be in
political science and at least nine of the credits must be in
courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.
Childhood, Middle School, and Adolescent Education
Students majoring in history must maintain an average of “C” or
better in completing the requirements of the major. Those
students seeking education certification must also satisfy the
course, credit, and grade requirements specified by the Division of
Where Mount History majors have interned
The New York State Senate, the New York State Assembly, the
United States House of Representatives, the New York State Police,
the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library and Archives, Washington’s
Headquarters, Vanderbilt Mansion, Mills Mansion, the Karpeles
Manuscript Museum, the Mount Saint Mary College Archives, and other
sites throughout the tri-state area.
College professor, lawyer, archivist, elementary school teacher,
high school teacher, law enforcement officer, government official,
foreign service agent, state department analyst, politician,
journalist, stock broker, corporate records manager, political
pundit, bank manager, historical site manager, museum curator,
military officer, and many other options.