History is the study of the human past from a wide variety of methodological perspectives and is an ongoing process of learning and discovery. Investigating history requires students to search out, critically analyze and lucidly present information in order to make sense of complex situations. These are the skills that decision-making in government, law, business, journalism and other fields requires.
The major is designed to provide students with a nuanced understanding of the past in a wide variety of geographical and chronological settings, and to equip them with the tools and skills necessary to become effective critical thinkers, researchers and writers. History majors interested in a career in teaching may also be admitted to QUEST, the five-year accelerated preparation program for teaching certification.
History students at Fairleigh Dickinson University:
History majors must complete 36 credits (12 classes) in the discipline including World History I and II, and Historical Methods. They must also study at least one historical area organized around the world's great waterways. History students also complete a 4000-level seminar and take elective courses distributed between western and non-western history.
Every semester we offer a three-credit internship in history. Students, together with their instructors, identify appropriate internship sites and opportunities, and earn regular course credit for work in public history. Students work at a historical site each week and conduct historical research. In short, they do history. Interns complete hands-on projects, supplementing their classroom experiences with pragmatic and intriguing learning environments.
In recent years, History has been one of the fastest growing majors at the College of Florham, reflecting our exciting curriculum and our outstanding teachers. The average class size for majors in the department ranges from 15 to 25.
Dept. of Soc. Sci. & History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave
Madison, NJ 07940