Major in History (42 credits) Student Learning Outcomes
Minor in History (24 credits) Student Learning Outcomes
Minor in Political Science (18 credits) Student Learning Outcomes
Minor in Middle East Studies (18 credits)
Masters of Arts (M.A.) in History Non-Degree Options
The Pre-Law program is designed not only to prepare the student for law school, but also to lay a foundation for active law practice. This is done through a diversity of courses aimed at deepening the student's knowledge and broadening it as well. The pre-law student will ordinarily major in history with a minor in political science. Outside of the major and minor areas, the student will be encouraged to pursue courses that advance speaking and writing skills as well as a broad and solid foundation in the arts and sciences. Interested students should contact Professor Robert Smith. Additional information about how to prepare for law school can be found at the Law School Admissions Council.
Public History Concentration
The Public History program prepares students to enter the growing field of public history, by combining coursework with a wide range of options in independent study and internships in both public and private agencies. Public History sites include but are not limited to historical museums, libraries and archives, state, county, and local government offices, as well as private agencies which have a public interest. Interested students should contact Professor David Twiss. For more information, see the AHA's guide to Careers in Public History, or the National Council on Public History.
Foreign Service Concentration
The concentration in Foreign Service is designed to prepare individuals for careers in the U.S. State Department and the intelligence community. An individualized program within the history major, it will be structured by the student in cooperation with the concentration advisor. In addition to the required courses, students will be encouraged to elect courses in the areas of economics, languages, management, geography, and related fields. Interested students should contact Professor Robert Smith. Additional information about college preparation and the Foreign Service exam be found at the State Department's Career Options website.
Labor Studies Concentration
This is an interdisciplinary option offered under the combined auspices of the Departments of History and Political Science and Business Administration and Economics. Students who wish to pursue this program and who are selected for it may be considering a career in the private sector in industrial relations, personnel, and human resources management or in the public sector with opportunities in government administrative and regulatory agencies. The program is also designed to prepare the student for opportunities, in both the public and private sectors, in unions and other worker organizations as well as for graduate study in the disciplines sponsoring the program. Interested students should contact Professor Bruce Cohen. For more information, see the American Labor Studies Center.
American Antiquarian Society Program
Every fall, the American Antiquarian Society hosts an American Studies seminar. Students from each of the Worcester consortium colleges, including Worcester State, participate in a weekly seminar and complete a research paper based on primary sources from the riches of the American Antiquarian Society. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet students from other colleges, learn from a renowned scholar in their field, get a taste of what graduate study might be like, and hone your research and writing skills. Applications are due in the spring. For further information, contact Professor Charlotte Haller. See also the Antiquarian Society's webpage for more information about the seminar.