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If you are curious about the way the world works, you can usually find the answers when studying history.

Centenary University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History program focuses on how the human experience has changed over time. By exploring the past — not memorizing names and dates — you will learn how social and cultural developments, as well as political events, have shaped our world.

Our History majors receive a solid foundation in World History and American History, with the opportunity to dig deeper into subjects including:

  • The African American Experience
  • The History of New Jersey
  • Tudor and Stuart England
  • The Social History of Modern Europe and Modern Ireland
  • Middle Eastern History

NEH Fellowship awarded to historian of Ireland’s Great Famine

A history professor at Centenary has secured a coveted fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research the history of Ireland's Great Famine. Breandán Mac Suibhne is among 80 scholars nationwide (and only 10 in the field of European history) to receive one of these prestigious fellowships.

“"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future."”

Theodore Roosevelt

An Award-Winning Faculty

Centenary’s History faculty has received numerous awards in recent years, including prestigious Fulbright and John F. Kennedy scholarships and the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Achievement in History. Our professors are, first and foremost, teachers. They are known throughout campus for thought-provoking classes for both history and non-history majors on topics ranging from the “American Civil War” to the “History of Ideas” and “Issues in Environment History.” A minor in History is also available for students who earn 16 credits aside from the classes used to complete Centenary’s core educational requirements. 

Career Options

History majors develop strong critical thinking, analytical interpretation and writing skills, a highly desirable combination in many professional fields including business, law and criminal justice.   Our program also meets the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Social Studies. In combination with Centenary’s Teacher Preparation Program, a history major can complete all the undergraduate training he or she needs to teach in a New Jersey public school.