Department of History
Why Study History at Duquesne University?
- provides students with a challenging education and equips them with skills that they--and employers--will find invaluable: to think critically, to write with authority, and to understand broadly.
- helps students learn to apply the methods of historical scholarship in contemplative and ethical ways as they deepen their understanding of the U.S. and the world.
- fosters student understanding of how and why humanity and different cultures have developed as they have.
- endeavors to help students become scholars as well as educated and conscientious citizens.
The Department's faculty members also serve not only the students at Duquesne but also students of History elsewhere and throughout time by contributing to historical discourse through presentations, participating in conferences, and publishing articles and books.
A 2015 report on the economic value of college majors shows that History Majors have the highest annual wage among all liberal arts majors. (pp. 93-100)
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2015 Report on Economic Value of College Majors
We offer the following programs of study:
As James M. McPherson, a preeminent scholar of the Civil War, has written, history is “a continuing dialogue between the present and the past.” Because of that, History is not just one written record but also an on-going analysis of many records. It is a challenge to do History well, but it's intriguing and, yes, it can even be fun.