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History

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

Holy Cross Alumna, Professor Experience the Olympics in Rio

Aug 19, 2016

Annie O’Shea ’12 and Victor Matheson, professor of economics at College of the Holy Cross, helped media outlets localize the Olympic Games during their recent trips to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. O’Shea, who was a history major and captain of …

‘Holy Cross honors Rev. Kuzniewski with field dedication’

Apr 29, 2016

Last Friday during halftime at the Holy Cross vs. Boston University men’s lacrosse game, the College of the Holy Cross dedicated Holy Cross Field, home of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and the football team’s practice facility, to Rev. …

‘Why the New $20 Bill Matters’

Apr 25, 2016

In a recent blog post for The Huffington Post, Edward O’Donnell, associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, discusses why it’s a good thing that Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill. …

Holy Cross Academic Conference to Showcase Student Work

Apr 22, 2016

As the academic year comes to an end, the College of the Holy Cross will celebrate the great and varied work accomplished by its students at the annual Academic Conference taking place across campus from April 27 through April 30.

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 …

Student Profile: John Milligan ’17

Mar 25, 2015

HOMETOWN Sandwich, Mass. ACADEMICS History major ACTIVITIES Resident assistant for first-year students, program coordinator for Summer Gateways Orientation, Student Government Association senate, mock trial team Why did you become an Orientation Leader? “Beginning college can be scary and it was …

College Community Joins Together to Listen, Learn, Converse in Solidarity

Dec 19, 2014

For three hours, Rehm Library was standing room only as members of the College community listened intently. The beautiful space in Smith Hall — so often the scene of intellectual discussions, critical thinking, thought-provoking questions, personal reflections, and emotional discernment …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Nov 14, 2014

Twenty-eight students from the class of 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, on October 26. Alpha Sigma Nu seeks out students at Jesuit institutions of higher learning who …

‘Order Restored’

Aug 7, 2014

In an article for America magazine, Rev.  Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, discusses the turbulent history of the Jesuits, in light of the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the order in …

Holy Cross Produces Nine Fulbright Scholars

May 22, 2014

Eight members of the Class of 2014 and one member of the Class of 2012 have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad during the 2014-15 academic year. Since 2005, Holy Cross has received a total of 70 …

28 Holy Cross Students Inducted into Jesuit Honor Society

Nov 1, 2013

Twenty-eighty students from the class of 2014 at the College of the Holy Cross were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society, on October 27. Alpha Sigma Nu seeks out students at Jesuit institutions of higher learning who …

Holy Cross Produces Record Number of Fulbright Scholars

Jul 25, 2013

Fourteen recent graduates from the College of the Holy Cross have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad during the 2013-14 academic year. This marks a record high number of Fulbrights awarded in a single year for the …

Holy Cross History Professor Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Oct 17, 2012

Theresa M. McBride, professor of history, and a member of the College of the Holy Cross faculty since 1973, received the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at the College’s annual President’s Convocation and Awards Ceremony. The Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award …

Events

Mon
Sep 12
Urayoán Noel Lecture/Perf.
11:30 AM
Kimball Hall Seelos Theater
Tue
Oct 04
Summer Research Proposal Writing Workshop
02:30 PM
SMITH
Tue
Aug 02
College of the Holy Cross launches new public online events calendar
05:00 AM
OKANE