Go beyond dates and names to learn how the past affects the future with an associate or bachelor’s degree in history from Dean College.

Knowledge is power. With an associate or bachelor’s degree in history from Dean College, you’ll learn how to interpret and analyze historical sources in the search for truth, greater understanding and answers to today’s most pressing questions. 

Program Overview

History is more than what’s written in dusty textbooks. It’s a first-person account passed down from a 94-year-old World War II veteran, a new presidential biography based on recently discovered documents, and the ongoing process of research and analysis. 

As an associate or bachelor’s degree student in history at Dean College, you will gain a broad understanding of the major forces and events of American and world history, the diversity of historical perspectives, and the research and analytical methods to make sense of it all. 

In your history coursework, you’ll explore a variety of primary and secondary sources (including original documents, film, music and visual images) and learn how to draw lessons from the past to address contemporary problems. Core courses and electives include:

  • Making History
  • Reading World Revolutions
  • Cold War America: Culture and Conflicts
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Globalization in History
  • Modern Latin America and the Caribbean
  • History of Gender and Sexuality

Beyond the Classroom

Every Dean history student has the opportunity to complete a for-credit internship with a local or regional museum, historical society, library or nonprofit organization. In addition, bachelor’s degree candidates complete a detailed senior capstone project involving extensive research and the opportunity to make valuable professional connections.  

A degree in history is an excellent foundation for further study, including graduate and professional schools. Options include master’s programs in history or political science, law school, journalism school, film school and more. It all starts at Dean. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our History program best of breed? 

  • Complete a for-credit internship with a Boston-area museum or historical society. 
  • Engage with professors and classmates in small, discussion-based classes and seminars.
  • Choose a topic that you’re passionate about and dive deeply into original research for a senior capstone project. 

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*
  • Associate Degree

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

History Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
LAS 111 Introduction to the Liberal Arts 3
HIS 101 Making History 3
HIS 111 United States History to 1865 3
HIS 112 United States History - 1865 to Present 3
HIS 151 World History I, to 1500 3
HIS 152 World History II, 1500 to Present 3
200-Level HIS History Electives 6
300 - 400 Level HIS History Electives 12
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 2
HIS 450 Senior Seminar 3
HIS 495 Senior Capstone 3
Total Credits 48

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
ENG 320 Advanced Essay Writing 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 43

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19