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History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Wilkes Barre, PA, United States
Located in the heart of Wilkes-Barre's vibrant historic district, the History program of Wilkes University is a great place to study history because the past is all around you.
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Downtown Wilkes-Barre is full of historic buildings, including churches, stores, homes, and office buildings. River Commons park, located between Wilkes University and the Susquehanna River, is full of historical markers and a reminder that some of Wilkes-Barre’s founders came from New England as well as Pennsylvania.

The Faculty in the History program of Wilkes University believes that education in history enhances students’ communication and critical thinking skills and provides important context for understanding ourselves and the world around us. Although every student receives individualized advising, the department organizes its programs around four tracks:

The History Major (Pre-Law/Pre-Graduate School track) prepares students for advanced study in law, history, or other related professional disciplines. There is ample room in this track for one or more minor fields or a second major of the student’s choice so that the program is easily tailored toward his or her specific interests.

The History Major (Public History Concentration) prepares students for entry level work or advanced study in careers that present history to a non-academic audience. Students pursuing this concentration take selected courses in American and public history and also do hands-on-learning through internships. By adding a second major or a minor such as English, Integrated Media, Communication Studies or Business, students may shape their program to suit their own personal interests and enhance their appeal to potential employers and/or graduate school. Careers in this field include museum curator, archive manager, museum educator, cultural resources, and more.

The History Major (Secondary Education track) prepares students for careers as secondary education teachers. Students electing this track will be assigned an advisor in history and one in education and will work closely with faculty in each area to meet the course of study mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students in this track can earn a History Major, Secondary Education Minor and Pennsylvania Secondary Education Certification.

The Digital History Concentration allows students to follow a course of study that combines classes in History, Integrative Media and Communication Studies to learn the skills necessary to present history in a variety of media, from web sites to audio and video documentaries.

Alumni Outcomes

Whether you choose to pursue a career in the law, teaching, public history or business, faculty members are willing to assist you in exploring options. Some career paths taken by recent graduates include:

  • Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami
  • Attorney
  • Accounts Manager, Amphenol Aerospace
  • Archival Consultant; Archivist, Industrial Archives and Library
  • Human Capital Strategy Consultant, ADP
  • Missile Operator, 10th Missile Squadron, US Air Force
  • Specialist in Education, Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Director of the Library, Johnson College of Technology

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Applicants who reside within the USA, and have a valid visa, must return their completed application by:

    • August 1 (fall)
    • December 10 (spring)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Foundations of the Modern World
  • American History
  • History
  • Intro to Public History
  • Europe Before 1600
  • Historical Research and Methods

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General Requirements

  • A completed application
  • Official High School Transcript(s) (in English). Original or certified true copy of the secondary school record.The academic report should include a list of subjects studied, a qualitative rating on a course-by-course basis and an overall rating
  • International students must present a sufficient English Language proficiency score to enroll as an undergraduate student.
  • Financial verification
  • Students must submit the main page of the passport with picture

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Wilkes-Barre

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
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