• History and Political Science

    Build a deeper understanding of our contemporary world by studying the past in the History and Political Science Department at Worcester State University. You will develop a strong foundation in historical thinking, research skills and methods, and expand your capacity to contribute to our increasingly global society as a well-informed citizen. In lively, interactive classroom exchanges, you’ll analyze the meaning of past events and acquire an informed perspective on your own heritage and the heritage of people around the world. Our diverse curriculum covers a broad range of topics in American history as well as all areas of world history—Europe, Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Latin America. At the conclusion of your studies, you will compile a portfolio of work that includes a senior capstone paper based on primary research.

  • We offer both a major and a minor in history as well as a double major in history and elementary education. If you are looking to specialize in a particular area of interest, we offer minors in political science, Middle East studies (interdisciplinary), and pre-law as well as concentrations in public history and foreign service. If you are pursuing a complementary major, you can enhance your career trajectory with one of our minors. You also can take advantage of our evening courses. In fact, you can complete our history program entirely at night, if that best suits your lifestyle. We also offer a convenient, high-quality graduate program with two tracks—one culminates in a comprehensive portfolio and the other with a thesis. Whatever program of study you choose, we will help you tailor your studies to fit your career interests and objectives.

    Beyond the classroom, you’ll have many opportunities to enrich your experiences through Worcester State’s vibrant study away program. Closer to home, you’ll engage in active learning via interactive programs and events at the Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Center for the Study of Human Rights. We promote hands-on learning at local historical organizations where you can apply your knowledge through research or an internship. We also host an Upsilon Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for outstanding history majors.