The Department of History/Philosophy offers undergraduate programs leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Education. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts with a Public History Concentration for students interested in careers at historical institutions such as museums, archives, or historic sites. The history major is designed to generate and sustain an interest in the world, past and present. This is done so students can become better citizens, more effective participants in society, and acquire the reading, writing, and thinking skills essential for success in any career or occupation. Students can also minor in either history or philosophy.
Shippensburg University's history department offers a wide range of opportunities to take courses and to pursue research in almost any area of student interest. These specialties fall into the three broad areas of American, European, and African/Asian/Latin American history. Also, there are studies in archival and museum work along with the opportunity for internships in these areas. The university is within driving distance of major collections of sources which enhance and enrich historical studies. Also, there are studies in archival and museum work, historic preservation, local history, and oral history. Hands-on experience can also be gained through internships at many local sites, including Gettysburg National Military Park, the United States Military History Institute, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
History/Philosophy Career Opportunities
History, considered either as a humanity or as a social science, is a broad discipline that serves as general preparation for a variety of careers: law, education, theology, writing, museum and archives work, many federal jobs (particularly in foreign service, intelligence and related fields), business, and others.
Philosophy trains students in the critical thinking skills needed in these same fields.
- History, American History Concentration, B.A.
- History, Asian & Middle Eastern History Concentration, B.A.
- History, B.A.
- History, Comprehensive Social Studies, B.S.Ed.
- History, European History Concentration, B.A.
- History, Public History Concentration, B.A.