The Bachelor of Arts in History increases your understanding of the present and future through studying and interpreting the past.
The content and methodology of historical studies helps you understand the world and the dynamics of change.
The history department makes good use of local historical resources to teach history. Winchester is such a historically rich area and we use of those resources to help our students not only learn about history, but to experience it and feel more connected to it through the power of place.
SU’s history program is a rigorous one, that affords excellent opportunities for experiential learning opportunities. SU is the only university that owns a Civil War Battlefield that is in very early stages of interpretation. Students have and will continue to have a hand in supporting the interpretive efforts at that site. Additionally, the department has established partnerships with various organizations in the area, including Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation which offers additional real-world opportunities for our students.
Come enjoy 195 acres of preservation land along the Shenandoah River for use as an outdoor classroom and recreational space for the university community and general public. This historic property was integral to the July 18, 1864, Battle of Cool Spring. It also serves as a living laboratory for history and the environmental studies programs.
—Professor of History Warren Hofstra, Ph.D.
Hear more about history
The immense historic resources of the Shenandoah Valley are at your command when you study in small, personal, challenging classes in Shenandoah University’s history department. You’ll write a lot and learn even more in this distinctive program in our College of Arts & Sciences.
Partnering with the McCormick Civil War Institute
History majors have a lot of hands-on opportunities, particularly through SU’s McCormick Civil War Institute. The Institute offers a paid summer fellowship to qualified history major to support interpretive efforts at the University’s Cool Spring Battlefield campus.
Two SU history majors worked closely with the director of CWI, Jonathan Noyalas, on the research, design and installation of an exhibition about the Battle of Cool Spring located in “The Lodge.” Students are assists Professor Noyalas with a research project to uncover the stories of the 134 Union and Confederate soldiers who died at the Battle of Cool Spring.
Students have had the opportunity to present their research at CWI’s annual spring conference. Qualified history majors have the opportunity to assist in the production of the University’s only academic, peer-reviewed journal, Journal of the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War.
Minor in This Program
The minor in History augments many careers including museum and curatorial positions, law, journalism, teaching, government service and foreign service.
Declaring A Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application. Applications are for intended majors only.
The Career Services staff helps Shenandoah students search and apply for internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, provide hands on experience in your field, allow you to sample different career paths for your major, and help you find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
A major in History allows you to prepare for the teaching profession at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. History provides a firm foundation for many careers including museum and curatorial positions, law, journalism, teaching, government service, foreign service, as well as admission to graduate study in a specialized field.
Being a history major at Shenandoah University provides students with skills necessary to be successful in history research, writing, interpretation, and oral communication. The history major sharpens critical thinking and analytical skills, which are qualities that are much desired by a variety of corporations and government entities. Graduates have go on to do great things in the field of history—working as teachers, college/university professors, museum professionals, and government.
Career and Salary Examples for History Majors:
- Elementary School Teacher: $41,300
- High School Teacher: $32,996 – $74,942
- Paralegal: $33,131 – $58,793
- Attorney/Lawyer: $37,814 – $249,165
Jon Bannan ‘14 is currently working on his PHD in History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He had the opportunity to work for the National Museum of Bermuda where he conducted research on the American Civil War. His advice to students is to take advantage of the historically rich area that surrounds Shenandoah. The wealth of information and ability to really get hands-on experience is unparalleled.”
The Career Services office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
Our small student-to-faculty ratio allows for a personalized education.
You will choose electives that develop depth in an area of emphasis such as American or European political and cultural histories or historic preservation.
Required courses in the history major provide introductions to the primary historical traditions of world and U.S. history, political theory, methods of historical research and writing and other disciplines such as economics, literature and art, which bear on the historical process. Students are encouraged to use elective hours to develop depth in an area of emphasis such as American or European political and cultural histories or historic preservation. Students may also prepare for the teaching profession at the elementary, middle and secondary levels.
You Will Learn:
- historical traditions of world and U.S. history
- political theory
- methods of historical research and writing and other disciplines such as economics, literature and art, which bear on the historical process
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
Student Teaching and Teacher Licensure
This program is eligible for secondary teacher licensure.
Shenandoah University’s comprehensive Professional Studies Certificate program prepares you to be an effective secondary school teacher. You’ll complete coursework necessary to earn Virginia licensure (coursework can be adapted for teachers who are provisionally licensed), and spend 300-500 hours gaining hands-on classroom experience. Our programs are fully accredited by TEAC/CAEP.
These courses plus student teaching comprise a minor that can connect to the following majors for Virginia 6-12 Licensure. In addition to the regular admissions process, students applying to teacher education programs in Virginia must pass state-mandated standardized tests such as Praxis I.
Professional Studies Program for Secondary School Teacher Education (6-12)
|PSY 220||Child Development||3|
|EDU 221||Child Development Lab||1|
|EDU 301||Orientation to Teaching/Practicum||3|
|EDU 343||Methods & Assessments in Middle/Secondary Schools||3|
|EDU 344||Methods & Management in Middle/Secondary Schools||3|
|RDG 425||Reading & Writing in the Content Area||3|
Pass PRAXIS II requirement before student teaching
|EDU 441||Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary Schools||9|
Students in the College of Arts & Sciences seeking to become licensed as teachers take courses in Arts & Sciences as the predominant part of their first two years at the university. Upon completion of EDU 301 – Orientation to Teaching, students apply to the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) for admission.
Faculty maintain an open-door policy to advise students on major requirements, course work and career planning.
Imagine participating in interesting conversations led by engaging professors who’ve already done what you dream of doing. You’ll be in a small class — the average class size is approximately 12 students — with professors who know your name, care about your success and provide advice as you pursue your academic and career goals.
Stewart Bell Chair in History and Professor of HistoryFull Biography
Professor of HistoryFull Biography
Julie A. Hofmann
Associate ProfessorFull Biography
Professor of HistoryFull Biography
Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of HistoryFull Biography
Director, McCormick Civil War InstituteFull Biography
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
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Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks. You will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.