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

Click on the below videos to learn more about the History Program.

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. 

Our students 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.  

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. 

History professors Dr. Davis Dennis and Dr. Rob Lawson co-created a public history series called History in Your Backyard series. You need not be a professional historian to participate! With a bit of research, a video camera, and passion for local history, you too can join us. Learn more about how you can participate.

Learn more about the History of Franklin, MA.

Uniquely Dean

Dean College professor working with two students. Discover the unique programming that the Dean College History program has to offer.

History Blogs 

Our history professors and students have the opportunity to write blogs published on the Official Dean College Blog. 


Professor Dr. Rob Lawson wrote a blog about history during the time of a pandemic. Click on the link below to read his work.


Check out the blogs about Dean College's history published by a current student: 

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
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 l, to 1500 3
HIS 152 World History ll, 1500 to Present 3
200 LEVEL HISTORY ELECTIVE 200-level History Electives 6
UPPER-DIVISION MAJOR ELE 300 or 400-level History Electives 12
HIS 325 Digital History 3
HIS 330 Public History 3
HIS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Course 3
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
Total Credits 54

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 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
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 27
Total Credits 27

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2021-22