As a History major at Dean College, learn how to interpret and analyze historical sources in the search for truth, greater understanding and answers to today’s most pressing questions.
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 U.S. and world history, the diversity of historical perspectives, and the research and analytical methods to make sense of it all.
You’ll study the cultural, social, political, economic and religious influences on human development. You’ll explore a variety of primary and secondary sources (including original documents, film, music and visual images) and build information literacy skills in order to recognize, evaluate and critique the evidence on which historical narratives are based. You’ll also take hands-on public and digital history courses, examining how historians construct history and present it for various audiences. And you’ll build rhetorical, analytical and communication skills as you 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
|United States History to 1865
|United States History - 1865 to Present
|World History l, to 1500
|World History ll, 1500 to Present
|200 LEVEL HISTORY ELECTIVE
|200-level History Electives
|UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR ELE
|300 or 400-level History Electives
|Campus Connections: Making the Transition
|Career Connections: Developing Your Brand
|Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan
|The Internship Experience
|DCA 300, DCA 301, ENG 445, ENG 446 or The Research Experience
|DCA EXPERIENCE ELE
|Dean Career Advantage Experience Course
|Future Connections: Launching Your Career
|Core Mathematics Elective
|History of Science
|Core Distribution Arts Elective
|Core Distribution Humanities Elective
|NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE
|Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective
|SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE
|Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective
|Applied Professional Communication
|Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives
Uniquely DeanExplore local history and prepare for your future career through the Dean College History program.
- Complete a for-credit internship with a Boston-area museum or historical society. Our students have interned with the Franklin Historical Museum, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Voice of America (Washington Center), Foxboro Regional Charter School, AES Corporation and Congressional Internships (Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island, District 2).
- 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.
- Build your career skills and portfolio by publishing your work in digital history and creating exhibitions in public history.
- Learn methods and techniques of bringing academic history to a public audience through a variety of media.
- Dean College is the home base for the New England Journal of History, where you can pursue internships and other learning opportunities.
- Participate in the video series, History in Your Backyard by the New England Journal of History.
- Attend the History Majors Reception at the Franklin Historical Museum to enjoy a Dean History presentation, refreshments and mingling with faculty, staff and students.
- Dig into history right here on campus. Learn more about the history of Dean College leadership.
- You will have the opportunity to visit the America's first public library, the Franklin Public Library, located next to campus!
- Did you know that Boston is just 30 minutes away from Dean? You can even take a short walk from campus right to the Franklin/Dean College stop and hop on the MBTA. Having Boston at your fingertips is great, especially for a history buff. Learn about historical sites to check out on a historical adventure in Boston.
Beyond the ClassroomAt Dean, you’ll bring history to life and develop career skills in everything you do.
Every 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.
You’ll also participate in co-curricular and experiential learning opportunities regularly. Our recent field trips include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation and Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.
When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a career in public history, digital humanities, museum work, historical societies, archival work or education. The research and writing skills developed in this major will also prepare you for many fields of employment, including government, the business world, journalism, media and law. A degree in History is also an excellent foundation for further study, including master’s programs in history or political science, law school, journalism school, film school and more. It all starts at Dean.
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