Department of History

Valpo History majors know that the analytical thinking skills and contextual understanding they develop through their studies will allow them to succeed in any field. These students analyze both the great and forgotten events of world history and explore topics as diverse as witchcraft and China's Cultural Revolution.china

Big BenOur top priority is identifying our students strengths and working with them to put in place the courses and credentials necessary to attain their ultimate goal - a career. Often this means study-abroad programs, internships and/or applying for grants while still in the midst of undergraduate study. Some of the grants that majors apply for are the Marshall, Rhodes, and Fulbright grants.

We expect academic excellence and therefore have set high standards across the discipline. We like to believe that our rigorousness will furnish students with research and writing skills that will allow them to excel in whatever occupation or vocation they choose. However, we do not view ourselves as elitists, for we work with students of all abilities the aim being, or course, to improve their interpretive and communicative skills.

EuropeWe recognize that college prepares students for their careers. Our aim is to sit down with each student individually by the time they are juniors and discuss what they need to do to "research" the steps necessary to attain their career goal so that they will make a wise decision in determining the way they should approach the job market, select a graduate school, or prepare for law school.

  • Faculty
    Our faculty is balanced in two ways: gender equality, and area specialization between US, European, and Non-western. We are an imbalanced department in that we are a young department. Youth, of course, brings vitality, new ideas, and connectedness to students. To find out more about our faculty, please click here.

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