HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
The Department of History offers courses covering the remote and recent periods of history and stressing American, and European, and non-Western history. Thirty-three hours of credits, twenty-one in the upper level courses, are required of majors. The History Seminar integrates the student’s previous concentration in either American or European History, and is required for all majors. A minor in history may be obtained by completing fifteen credits, including LHST 111, HIST 221, 222, and six additional upper division history credits. Career Opportunities Because of its breadth, its concern with people and their institutions, and its essential connection with language, the study of history prepares a person for a considerable number of occupations and professions to which these qualities are essential. Thus, a concentration in history is an excellent, generally well recognized and often ideal way to prepare one for many vocations besides teaching. Moreover, those who wish to prepare for graduate or professional school will find that an undergraduate concentration in history, coupled with a sequence of courses dictated by special interests, is one of the most flexible preparatory programs for future study in many fields. Law schools in particular look upon a major in history as one of the best means to prepare for training in that profession. Specific career opportunities exist in the areas of teaching (at all levels), public historian and archivist, library work, educational and public administration, museum work, social service occupations and urban planning. History is also an excellent preparation for most positions in the federal, state, and local governments. Specifically, government intelligence work and the foreign service demand preparation in history. Other areas include politics, public relations, advertising, banking, journalism, editing, fund-raising, and related fields. Alternative History Concentrations and Majors The Gannon University – Duquesne School of Law, 3+3 Early Admissions Program This program has been designed for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and a law degree in six years rather than seven. Under the early admissions program students may receive a Bachelors Degree in History after three years of undergraduate work and the successful completion of the first year of full time study at the Duquesne School of Law. The student would then receive their Law Degree after successful completion of the second year at Duquesne School of Law. Qualified students may wish to pursue this option. Students, who qualify for the Pre-Law 3+3 Early Admission Program in collaboration with the Duquesne School of Law, may choose to major in history and complete the B.A. requirements in three years. Refer to the Admissions section for a description of and qualifications for the Pre-Law 3+3 Early Admissions Program. This course of study offers 33 hours of upper division historical studies, an excellent preparation for law school. Archaeology and Public History Track This track is for students who would like to include a concentration or focused area of study as part of their history major. This track enhances career-path and professional opportunities for history majors, including the areas of museum studies, archival and library work and other public history vocations; it also prepares students for graduate work in those fields. A number of cross-listings between history and archaeology make this concentration quite attractive, with such resources as The Archaeology Museum Gallery at Gannon, the Collins Institute for Archaeological Research, and the Khirbat Iskandar Excavations, Jordan. The history program offers opportunities for internships and field work within the public and private museums, archives, libraries, and government agencies which incorporate an appropriate program of “hands-on” experiences. Ample opportunities are also available in study-abroad programs, on a summer or semester basis, whereby the student can study and experience history through a variety of opportunities and forums.