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The study of history at Holy Cross not only seeks to understand the past; it also offers deep personal enrichment for a thoughtful, even passionate, engagement in the challenges of the present. Among the most encompassing academic disciplines, history is informed by economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, the arts and literature.

Working with innovative faculty experts, students explore a diverse range of interests and a broad selection of topics from “Traditional” East Asia to Modern Latin America, Gilded Age America to Imperial Russia. Students learn how politics, social and economic developments, and cultural life interact.

Students of all interests, passions, and goals study history at Holy Cross. Graduates use their training to pursue careers in law, medicine, government service, business, teaching and a host of other vocations. 

Program Highlights

Students enrolled in history at Holy Cross explore their major and gain depth in a particular aspect of history through a thematic concentration. Spanning geographic locations and time, students select from the following themes:
  • Colonialism and Empire
  • Gender in Public and Private Life
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Resistance, Revolution, and Reaction
  • Religion and Society
  • War and Memory
With 18 full-time professors, the department is one of the largest history departments among liberal arts colleges.
Students can augment their studies through honors programs and hands-on experiences.
Find out what students can do with a history major, and check out the careers of some recent alumni.

History News

Blog: O’Connor ’18 Hopes to ‘Get Lost’ in Spain

Oct 13, 2016

NAME James O’Connor ’18 HOMETOWN Evanston, Ill. AREAS OF STUDY History and political science double major WHERE HE’S STUDYING Coruña, Spain WHY HE CHOSE SPAIN “I chose to study in Spain because I want to learn Spanish, and I want to …

Holy Cross Professor Reflects on Pope Francis’ Fourth Year

Mar 17, 2016

March 13th marked Pope Francis’ fourth year as bishop of Rome, “and pastor of the world,” Rev. Thomas Worcester S.J., professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, reported for the Huffington Post.  “His first three years have …