History

Bachelor of Arts

“I have a passion for culture,” said Es-pranza Humphrey ’17, who interned at the New York Historical Society and is now pursuing master’s degree in American studies at Columbia University. “I learned so much about developing my research and writing as a historian.”

Understand yesterday. Prepare for tomorrow.

We know that those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it. As a history major at the University of New Haven, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how the seminal events that preceded us impacted us then and how they affect our society today and moving forward.

The field of history is one of the central disciplines of the liberal arts and it provides a classic mode of learning. It also is a popular and interesting major to pursue. Why? Because everything has history. At its core, history deals with real people and events, and it offers limitless opportunities for intensive exploration.

History is not constrained by borders, neither are we

You learn through class discussions, debates and a senior thesis project; have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester; take elective courses that allow you to customize your course of study based on your interests; or double major or minor in a complementary field of study.

You’ll also develop your critical thinking, research, and writing skills, and gain an education in logic and reasoning. These are core skills that will serve you well as you attend law school, pursue an advanced degree in a range of disciplines, or start your career in a variety of fields or industries.

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What You'll Study

  • History of Science

    The development of science and technology from antiquity to the present. Their impact on society and the world.

  • Modern Chinese History

    A study of China from 1800, including the impact of the West and Japan; transformation from monarchy to civil war to the People’s Republic of China up to the present; the Republic of China on Taiwan; the incorporation of Hong Kong intro the PRC.

  • Environmental History

    This course investigates the development of natural and built environments in modern times. The problems of global warming are a recent manifestation of environmental problems. Institutional, cultural, and political changes came with the construction of cities, industries, and infrastructures, resulting in problems with air, water, land, and energy. These local and global environmental issues may reflect an unsustainable relationship with nature.

  • Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

    Analyze the major political, economic, social, and cultural transformations that took place in the last half-century of tsarist rule in Russia and in the Soviet Union. Emphasis is placed on the crisis of autocratic rule in the late empire; the emergence of the Soviet Union in the cauldron of World War I; the influence of a diverse, multi-ethnic population on both the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union; the nature of the radical and often violent experiment that was Soviet rule; the role of the Soviet Union in World War II and in the Cold War, and the ultimately revolutionary policies of Mikhail Gorbachev. Post-Soviet Russia and the Soviet successor states are also examined.

  • Full List of Courses for History

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History, check out the Academic Catalog:

    History, B.A.

    History Minor

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Next Steps

  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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