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

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.

After Graduation

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

History News

Holy Cross Faculty, Staff and Students Join with Worcester to Highlight Latino History
With support from the Holy Cross Scholarship in Action program, professors, staff and students work with city activists to collect and tell Latino stories.
Cynthia Hooper, associate professor of history and director of Russian and Eastern European Studies. Photo by Tom Rettig
The Perception War in Russia Is Key to the Outcome of the Ukraine Invasion, Says Professor and Russia Expert
The Conversation
cityscape of Kiev and Ukrainian flag waving in the wind
WATCH: Holy Cross Faculty Experts Discuss Russia’s Attack on Ukraine