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History

Open windows into the past

Imagine investigating humankind’s successes and failures with expert guides to help you understand how past events are shaping our present and will shape our future. Our professors at St. Norbert College will help you search for explanations and motivations while earning your history degree through lenses ranging from literature to art, and anthropology to political science. Learn to think critically about the human experience by reading carefully, asking pertinent questions and considering issues of historical bias.

You’ll compare the economies, societies, political systems and cultures of different countries. You’ll also explore historical change and why some movements had staying power, while others fell into obscurity. This framework will open up new perspectives and suggest alternatives for the future, as well as help you understand the world and your place in it more clearly.

Academic paths within the history major

You can master critical thinking by minoring in history studies or earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in one of six concentrations:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • United States

Strengthen your cultural grasp of history by pursuing a major, minor or certificate in another language. Deepen your involvement in the field of history through membership in our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. (This looks great on a résumé or graduate school application, too!)

Elevate your history education

At SNC, you can further your cultural understanding by pursuing a major, minor or certificate in one of several foreign languages. You are also encouraged to experience world history firsthand by taking part in the college’s extensive study abroad program, choosing from such programs as East Asian history in Japan, Catholic identity in Ireland and contemporary art history in France.

Academic excellence as a history student at SNC may qualify you for awards and scholarships. You also can deepen your involvement in the field of history studies through membership in our chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Major requirements

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Minor requirements

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Course offerings

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  • Anything I can do to show [students] that it’s important to be human and to value people’s experiences and stories. History can provide very powerful tools for students.

    Anh Sy Huy Le, Assistant Professor

    Professor Anh Sy Huy Le
    Professor Anh Sy Huy Le

    Anything I can do to show [students] that it’s important to be human and to value people’s experiences and stories. History can provide very powerful tools for students.

    Anh Sy Huy Le, Assistant Professor

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Undergraduate research

Become a historian-in-training by assisting faculty with research projects on topics such as war and indigenous people, Catholic history and the history of land use.

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Practical internships

Put your academic training to work through an internship at places such as Brown County Historical Society, Concordia University, Heritage Hill or On Broadway.

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International reach

Experience world history firsthand by taking part in our extensive study-abroad program.

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Learn from exceptional SNC history faculty

If there’s one thing that SNC professors and instructors have in common, it’s a passion for teaching and sharing their expertise. You’ll also find them dedicated to providing personalized guidance that supports your academic and career aspirations. Discover the distinguished scholars you’ll be learning from.

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Your history degree at work

The analytical ability you develop as a history major will serve you well in many careers. SNC history alumni could hold jobs such as:

  • Author
  • Community resource advocate
  • Director of client relations
  • Interpreter
  • Museum director
  • Paralegal
  • Research specialist
  • Social studies teacher

Future study in history

Majoring in history can prepare you for law school or other graduate programs that emphasize reading, research, analysis and writing skills. SNC has an exceptional track record for grad school preparation and placement. Our history alumni have completed graduate work at the following institutions:

  • American University in Cairo
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Lakeland University
  • Marquette University
  • Simmons University
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of Wisconsin
  • York University

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Contact the St. Norbert College admission office

Campus location

Ariens Family Welcome Center
310 College Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We’re also available by appointment.

Mailing address

Office of Admission
St. Norbert College
Ariens Family Welcome Center
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115

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