Our history program strives to increase students’ understanding of the past in order to give them a better perspective on the contemporary world. With training in research, writing and analysis, our majors are well prepared for graduate work as well as a variety of careers in such fields as education, government, museum studies and business.
While we emphasize American and European history, students learn to appreciate our multicultural world through a variety of courses on non-Western regions. We encourage majors to immerse themselves in other cultures through 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 historical societies, archives and museums, we offer unique, hands-on learning experiences in a living historical environment.
Students may also choose to double major in history and secondary education, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades 7-12.
Life After Salve
A degree in history develops students' analytical abilities and strengthens their research and writing skills. Our curriculum prepares students for graduate programs, law school and a variety of career paths.
In the Workforce
- Teaching: Graduates teach at the high school or middle school level, in public and private schools.
- Museums, archives and public history: Graduates are working in museums, historical societies and libraries.
- Public service and government: Graduates have served in federal and state agencies along with political organizations.
- Business: Graduates work in banks, the insurance industry, information technology companies and real estate agencies.
Graduate and Law School
Graduates have pursued advanced degrees in law, history and related fields such as archival studies or education at institutions such as:
- Boston College
- Catholic Theological Union
- Middlebury Institute of International Studies
- New York University
- Northeastern University
- State University of New York
- Suffolk University
- Tulane University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Vermont
The history program gave me such a diverse pool of educational content that I felt like I was ready to teach any area of history after graduation. In my current position teaching AP U.S. history, I use so much of what I learned in class - I’m even using my old Salve notebooks to prepare lesson plans.
Michael McNamara ‘16
High school social studies teacher, St. Raphael Academy