The Department of History strives to increase students' understanding of the past in order to give them a better perspective on the contemporary world. Coursework emphasizes American and European history, but students also take non-Western history courses to prepare them for life in our multicultural society.
Our programs focus on research, writing and analysis, preparing students for graduate school along with a variety of careers in education, law, government, museum studies and business. We also encourage students to study abroad and to complete credit-bearing internships at local museums, libraries or historical societies.
We also offer an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in international relations within five years.
History (B.A., Minor)
Taking 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, our history program provides hands-on learning experiences in a living historical environment.
History and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
Students may choose to double major in history and secondary education, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades 7-12. Coursework provides a solid foundation in American, European and non-Western history.