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Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Classes do I need to take for a major/minor in history?

Major:

•  8 100-level credits, History 200, 28 300-level credits, History 395 (Historiography and Methods), History 395, History 399 (Senior Thesis)

Minor:

•  4 100-level credits, History 200, 12 300-level credits

See our course catalog for information on classes.

Will my AP History credit count toward a major/minor in history?

Students need a score of a 4 or a 5 on the AP test to earn college credit.  If credit is earned, AP European History will count as History 141 or 142: Europe from the Black Death to the French Revolution or Europe since 1750; Old Regime to European Union, AP United States History will count as History 152: American Experience, and AP World History will count as History 100. Credit for these courses can be used to fulfill the required 8 100-level credits needed to major or minor in history.

Will my transfer credits count toward a major/minor in history?

Yes, they can.  Students transferring credit from other institutions will, however, need to get them approved in order for them to count toward a major/minor.  See the Registrar for more info. 

What study abroad programs have classes that will count towards my history major/minor?

The Japan, Greco-Roman, Roman-Greco, and Galway, Ireland programs all offer history classes as a part of their curriculum.  Additionally, the Australia and Cork, Ireland programs allow students to direct enroll in the universities abroad and that makes it easier for students to take classes that will count toward their majors/minors.  For more information on study abroad, including detailed information on each program, visit the Education Abroad's website.

How do I find an internship?

Talk to Career Resources, check out our internships page, keep an eye on our Facebook page and don't be afraid to ask your advisor for some ideas.

What can I do with a history major?

A better question is what can't you do with a history major! Hundreds of our history alums have gone on to be successful lawyers, and a number of our alums are judges.  Many also pursue work in museums, businesses and public offices.  In addition, dozens of former history students have become officers in the U.S. Military.  While demanding, several of our students have even combined history with pre-med and gone on to be physicians.  Finally, many history majors have gone into education, teaching in secondary school and colleges, as well as serving as principals and even college presidents - 5 of the last 9 presidents of CSB and SJU have been historians! Read more about our alumni's exciting careers here.

I want to go to graduate school.  What should I be doing to prepare?

There are many issues to consider when deciding if graduate school is the next step for you. Graduate school is an investment of time and money, and you want to be sure that you are applying to programs that will best prepare you for the career options that you want to pursue. Then start preparing for the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).  Plan to take the GRE during the summer before or fall of your senior year.  Make sure you budget enough time to study beforehand! Read more grad school information here.