History and Classics at Providence College

Why Study History or Classics at Providence College? 
Passionate faculty. Incredible students. These are essential ingredients of the best history departments. Our faculty members are internationally recognized scholars and passionate educators. Our students, inside the classroom and beyond it, are captivated by the events and cultures that have shaped our world. They have gone on to become educators and lawyers, CEOs and community organizers, diplomats and peacemakers.

Away from the classroom, internships and our history club bring lessons to life — as does our annual Maymester course, which has taken students to Germany, Poland, Hungary, England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Japan in the past five years. So, whether you want to learn about our world in the classroom or experience it in person, we want you to take the journey with us. 

What you'll study

The Department of History and Classics offers a bachelor of arts in history, a bachelor of arts in classics, a combined bachelor of arts in history/secondary education, minors in both history and classics, and a master’s degree in history.  

Why History? History majors learn to analyze and assess evidence, raise important questions, communicate ideas clearly, and develop sound arguments with excellent evidence. All of these skills are highly marketable and sought after in a range of professional enterprises.  

Why Classics? Studying the wellspring of Western thinking gives them a wider perspective and deeper understanding of the problems and opportunities that confront modern society. The study of the classics teaches analytical thinking, close attention to detail, and the ability to see the big picture and small details at the same time.  

Selected Courses

  • History of the Modern Middle East  
  • The American Revolution  
  • Roman Republic and Empire  
  • Renaissance Florence: 1300-1500  
  • Latin American History  
  • North American Religious History  
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich  
  • Women and the American Experience  
  • The Crusades 

Faculty

Our faculty members don’t just impart knowledge; they mentor and partner with students in the pursuit of new discoveries. They hold degrees from Yale, Virginia, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Columbia, Brown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and many more institutions.

They are leading experts on the ancient world, colonial and revolutionary North America, modern Europe, Victorian England, Renaissance Italy, modern Japan, labor relations, business history, the history of slavery, race, and ethnicity, and much more. They also have their work published by leading academic presses and in prominent journals and have won numerous prestigious book prizes, research fellowships, and teaching awards.

ENGAGED LEARNING

Our program offers students a multitude of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action. Our students are encouraged to enhance their experience through:  

  • writing an honors thesis in history;
  • participating in our annual Making History undergraduate research conference;
  • joining the History Club;
  • becoming members of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society in history;
  • taking part in a Maymesterexperience, which combines one week of intense coursework with up to two weeks of international travel; and 
  • interning at government offices, historical societies, and museums, among many other opportunities.

87%

of 2016-2020 history graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


  • 61% are employed only
  • 17% are attending school only
  • 9% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Fidelity Investments
  • Bank of America  
  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • New Jersey Supreme Court  
  • Putnam Investments
  • Institute of World Politics  
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • PwC  
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • United Way  
  • Massachusetts General Hospital  

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Oxford University
  • Columbia
  • Brown University  
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Texas  
  • New York University
  • University of Wisconsin  
  • Boston College
  • George Washington University  
  • University of Southern California
  • St. John’s University  
  • Villanova University