History at Valpo

Strengths of our History Program


Our 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.


Our faculty is balanced among areas of specialization in US, European, and Non-western history. We are committed to working closely with students.

A View Beyond Valpo

We 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.


Phi Alpha Theta 

Mission Statement 








"We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways."




Pi Gamma Mu

gracelandPi Gamma Mu is the international honor society which serves the social sciences. Pi Gamma Mu was founded in 1924 by Dean Leroy Allen and Dean William Hamilton from Southwestern College in Kansas and the College of William and Mary, respectively. Seventeen founding chapters were organized simultaneously. The official journal of Pi Gamma Mu is the International Social Science Review which was established in 1925. Pi Gamma Mu is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It holds a triennial convention. Please contact Professor Virginia Shingleton, Chair, Associate Professor of Economics if you have any questions about this honorary society.





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