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Dr. Brad Brown


The Degree

Bradley’s Department of History offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in History. The history faculty believes that students should view history as a study of human contributions from all parts of the world. For history majors, a curriculum is planned to provide an opportunity for more detailed study of human civilizations in Europe, the Americas, and the non-Western world. By studying the past, one receives an understanding of how historical events and decisions continue to influence contemporary life.


Students in Bradley’s History program work directly with distinguished faculty both in and out of the classroom. One History faculty member has received Bradley University’s Charles M. Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching, and another has been awarded the Caterpillar Award for New Faculty Instruction. Several members have published books, book chapters, and journal articles in their research fields. Some of the teaching and research interests of Bradley’s History faculty include:

  • American urban history
  • Early Modern and Modern European history
  • Gender roles throughout history
  • History of social movements
  • Film history
  • African-American history
  • Cross-cultural history
  • East Asian history
  • Middle Eastern history

During their senior year, students gain professional experience as they take a seminar involving specialized research culminating in an extensive original paper.

Bradley’s Distinctive Approach

Outside of the classroom, Bradley History majors enjoy many co-curricular and cooperative learning activities. Bradley offers Study Abroad programs in various forms and in many locations, including:

  • Barcelona
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Dublin
  • Helsinki
  • London
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Sydney
  • Vienna

Students may also choose to be inducted to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and to join the History Club.

Beyond Bradley

Bradley History graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate in further educational endeavors and in employment. The analytical, communication, and research skills acquired with the study of history benefit both the graduate and employer. History is among the most versatile of all Liberal Arts majors. Others who choose not to go directly to graduate or professional schools have found employment in:

  • education
  • publishing
  • government positions
  • archival and museum positions
  • library science
  • law
  • public relations
  • civic advocacy
  • military service
  • business