Study the past, understand the present, transform the future

Why Study History

History students study the past to understand the present, so they can change the future.  By learning how the past has shaped our present world, you will develop a keen understanding of how to transform it, an indispensable characteristic for effective leadership. While learning to become a leader, you will also build skills in critical analysis and effective communication, which are essential skills for any career path.  Specifically, you will learn to…

Why Study History at CSB/SJU


Our professors, all full-time instructors dedicated to our students, are experts in their fields and offer courses from ancient to contemporary history that cover Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the US.  For a full listing...


Starting your very first semester, you will take at least one class a year just for history students. You’ll get to work closely with your professors and other majors and minors in these in-depth and supportive seminars. 


History students, in close conversation with their faculty advisors, develop a thematic pathway through the History major that provides depth and coherence to their studies.  Examples of pathways include… 

History and Your Future

Our alums are evidence that history majors excel in a wide range of career fields.

Career exploration starts on Day 1 for history students. 

History majors apply their skills in a range of internships.

Our History alums are ready to mentor you.   You will participate in our well-developed alum network to explore careers.  History students meet with history alums regularly at Tegeder-Berg Society events and our Career Expo.   Our alums are eager to meet you and mentor you about a wide array of careers.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University occupy the original homelands of the Dakhóta and Anishinaabe peoples. We honor, respect, and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples forcibly removed from this territory, whose connection remains today. St. Benedict’s Monastery and St. John’s Abbey previously operated boarding schools for Native children. Now, students, faculty, and staff are working to repair relationships with our Native Nation neighbors.