The Department of History at Salve Regina promotes an
understanding of modern society through a comprehensive analysis of the past
and its influence on the present.
Our majors choose to concentrate in American history or Modern
European history or to double major in secondary education, which leads to
Rhode Island teacher certification in grades 7-12 for history. Regardless of their
course of study, all history majors research, write, present and defend a
thesis on the topic of their choice during their senior year.
So that students learn to appreciate the realities of our
multicultural world, we offer a variety of courses on non-Western regions, such
as the Middle East, Africa and East Asia. In addition, we encourage majors to
immerse themselves in other cultures through the University's short- and
long-term study abroad programs in such diverse locations as Italy, Egypt,
France and Senegal.
Closer to home, we take full advantage of our location in
Newport, a leading seaport in the Colonial and Revolutionary eras and a favorite
summer destination for the wealthy during the Gilded Age. From courses on the
religious history of Newport to internship opportunities at local historical societies, archives and museums, we offer
students unique, hands-on learning experiences in a living historical
With training in analysis, organization,
writing and research, our majors are well prepared for graduate work as well as
a variety of careers in such fields as law, education, library science, museum
studies, government, business and journalism.