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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 History Professor Featured in PBS Documentary

Feb 7, 2018

The question of whether the United States has entered a second Gilded Age has been top of mind recently given the issue of growing income inequality, with The Economist asking “If data is the new oil, is Jeff Bezos the …

Events

Thu
Mar 01
Rhet/Comp Lecture: Jamie Landau
04:00 PM
Edith Stein Hall 133
Wed
Mar 14
"Power to the Paperwork? Rethinking the Bureaucratic Means to the Ends of Racial Violence", Kasey Henricks
04:30 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
Thu
Mar 15
Puerto Rico's Status in the U.S. Constitution and Puerto Rican Citizenship
04:30 PM
Dinand Library Levis Browsing Room