Bachelor of Arts in History


History is the study of mankind’s memory—the analysis of the change over time. Students who major in history will develop research and synthesis skills, and learn to answer questions through exploration of the past.

The Bachelor of Arts in History at Saint Joseph’s College prepares students to succeed in graduate school and the professional world. The ability to think critically, write articulately, and understand complex ideas will serve those interested in education, law, and politics. Students majoring in history are required to complete two semesters of foreign language study as well as a 20-credit minor in another academic field.

At a Glance

  • Emphasizes skills in analytical thinking, evaluating evidence-based problem solving, writing, and research.
  • Faculty published and respected in a variety of fields: military history, great generals of Civil War, great film directors, Irish immigration, and more.
  • Integrated secondary education minor prepares students to teach.
  • Faculty members develop mentor relationships with students.
  • Broad-based understanding of significant historical periods.


Saint Joseph’s Bachelor of Arts in History curriculum sharpens students’ writing and analytical skills and offers a wide range of courses in specialized areas from U.S. Constitutional history to 20th Century China. History majors are required to complete a 20-credit minor in a different academic field.

minor in history requires students to take 20 credit hours, including Western Civilization I, Western Civilization II, Historical Methods, and two history electives.

History and Secondary Education

The major in history combined with a minor in secondary education is the basis for a career as a high school teacher of history/social studies. Students who aspire to teach high school history take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor, and complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year. This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers. Students from other states should work with their Secondary Education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.


Mark Hibben
Mark HibbenAssociate Professor of Political Science
PhD, Syracuse University MA, Syracuse University MA, University of Birmingham, U.K. BS, University of Maine
Michelle Laughran
Michelle LaughranAssociate Professor of History
PhD, University of Connecticut MA, University of Connecticut BA, College of William & Mary
Andrea Vianello
Andrea VianelloAssociate Professor of History
PhD, University of Pavia, Italy Laurea (BA and MA combined), University of Venice, Italy


Chelsea Candage

Chelsea Candage plans to work in the exhibit education and design side of a large museum and ultimately become a curator.

Jeremiah Cottle

Jeremiah Cottle ’00 majored in history at Saint Joseph’s, went on to law school, and now works for the U.S. Secret Service.

Angie Gleason

Angie Gleason ’94, an Irish history scholar, teaches medieval history at Princeton University.


With a Bachelor of Arts in History, graduates will be prepared to enter a wide range of professional fields and graduate study programs. A history degree will serve those interested in pursuing careers in government, law, journalism, education, non-profit organizations, and more.