History

History: Major

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 global 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
  • Knowledge and Belief
  • War and Memory
Faculty

With 18 full-time professors, the department is one of the largest history departments among liberal arts colleges.

Opportunities

Students can augment their studies through honors programs and hands-on experiences.

After Graduation

Find out what students can do with a history major, and check out the careers of some recent alumni.

History News

Maggie Hartnett '23 and Professor David Karmon
Student-Generated Urban Studies Minor Debuts at Holy Cross
Maggie Hartnett '23 & faculty advisors team up to create new Urban Studies minor, which will explore themes around how we build our cities, what we do in them and how they shape us
Professor Tsitsi Masvawure (left) and Riley Dolan '22 (right).
Anti-Racism Action Plan Internship—Holy Cross Student Summer Series
Riley Dolan ’22 and Professor Tsitsi Masvawure are collaborating with the Family Health Center of Worcester to respond to a community need
Jinze Mi '23 catalogues some art on campus
Art History Internship at Holy Cross – Holy Cross Student Summer Series
Jinze Mi '23 and Dr. Meredith Fluke are spending the summer researching, cataloguing and preserving 150 years' worth of art at the College