Welcome to the History Department

Welcome to the History Department

Are you fascinated by the past? Do you want the opportunity to become a global thinker?

Someone who better understands the systems and structures that built civilizations and societies? Someone who delves into the history of humankind to better understand the present and the future?

If the mysteries of the past excite you, then a history major at SJC Long Island is the perfect choice.

Work with dedicated faculty to build the educational foundation for graduate school or for a successful career in law, museum studies and government through internships, course-related study abroad programs, community-based learning and interdisciplinary minors. Secondary education students who successfully complete the requirements earn their 7th to 12th grade social studies certification. Students can extend their certification to include 5th and 6th grade and/or enroll is a special five-year dual degree program in which they also earn their master’s degree in special education.


Angelina CuellarAngela Cuellar '17
Interned at Long Island Maritime Museum


"My internship introduced me to a career path that I never even considered as a history education major. I never thought about taking my history degree down any other path than education, but I see now that I have many more opportunities with my degree."

Angela's Internship Experience 

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History Major
Build the knowledge and skills that employers value.

History Major

History is a classic liberal arts degree, providing the writing, communication, and critical thinking skills that employers value. Recent history majors from St. Joseph’s have applied their degrees to careers in law enforcement, teaching, journalism, banking and business, state and local government, and the military. Skills they learned in their history courses have enabled our alumni to organize nonprofits, conduct professional research, administer schools, and help the public as social workers. Our B.A. in History has also led to grants, fellowships and assistantships for graduate and professional study.

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Social Studies Secondary Education Major
Preparation to successfully educate and instruct.

History, Social Studies Secondary Education Major

Many students choose to combine the history major with our adolescence education or child study programs, which prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. History majors who take the secondary education track obtain valuable classroom experience as student teachers in New York City public and parochial schools. Other students benefit from internships in historical societies, museums and businesses.

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American Studies Minor
The nation you call home calls you.

American Studies Minor

American Studies can be taken as a minor or a concentration for child study majors. The concentration prepares students for graduate work in American studies, a master’s degree program appropriate for teachers.

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History Minor
Explore your approach to history.

History Minor

Experiment with courses in American, European and global history to build the foundation for your history minor. Explore the comprehensive history education that St. Joseph’s College offers.

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History Concentration
Combine history with your educational future.

History, Area of Concentration for Child Study

Many students choose to combine the history major with our adolescence education or child study programs, which prepare them to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. History majors who take the child study concentration track obtain valuable classroom experience as student teachers in New York City public and parochial schools. Other students benefit from internships in historical societies, museums and businesses.

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