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Bradley’s Department of History offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in History. The purpose of the program is to help students gain an understanding of the contributions of individuals and the world’s civilizations through history. By studying the past, one receives an understanding of how events and decisions made long ago influence contemporary life.
Students in Bradley’s History program work directly with distinguished faculty both in and out of the classroom. One faculty member holds the distinguished endowed Oglesby Professorship of American Heritage, and two others have received the University’s Rothberg Research Award. Some of the specialized 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
- East Asian History
- Middle Eastern History
- Cross-Cultural History
During their senior year, students in the program gain professional experience as they take a seminar involving specialized research culminating in an extensive paper.
Bradley’s Distinctive Approach
Outside of the classroom, Bradley History majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning activities, including a cross-cultural component which enables students to study abroad. Bradley offers study abroad programs in many locations, including:
Students may also choose to be inducted to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society and to join the History Club.
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:
- government positions
- archival and museum positions
- library science
- public relations
- civic advocacy
- military service