History
Offered by the History department.

Understanding the past gives us context for today and helps us prepare for the future. Wheaton history majors preserve the past through internships with museums, libraries, and historical societies. They pursue independent research on an era, event, or figure that interests them. They study abroad to experience cultural history in person. Through all this, history majors build research, writing, critical thinking, and analytic skills, important assets to nearly any career. Many Wheaton history majors add a second area of study to expand their knowledge and career opportunities. Our alumni become teachers, professors, archivists, activists, librarians, and lawyers.

Programs

Faculty

John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Alexander Bloom

Professor of History, Emeritus

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History

Linda Eisenmann

Professor of Education, Professor of History

Scott Gelber

Associate Professor of Education; Department Chair

Shenglan Li

Assistant Professor of History

Dana M. Polanichka

Associate Professor of History; Fall 2019 Resident Director, Wheaton in Bhutan

Kathryn Tomasek

Professor of History

Internships

Tyler Setterlund

2020, History, Secondary Education

Dan Golden Fellowship

Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, MA

This internship allowed me to combine my interests in history and nature and conservation into one valuable opportunity and made me realize I can pursue both interests in one professional field, such as with the National Parks Service.

Samuel Murray

2020, History, Political Science

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

A Climate to Thrive, Bar Harbor, ME

I learned how to more effectively convey my environmental activism through constructive channels of policy research, event planning and media outreach.

Amy Glover

2021, American History, Secondary Education

Davis International Fellowship

Kenyan Scholar-Athlete Project, Thika, Kenya

I learned that I have a passion for international education.

Jane Cummings

2021, History

Merit Scholarship

"Entangled Lives: Judith and Dhuoda," the book project of Professor Dana Polanichka, Camden, ME

Before I joined the research group, I knew little about medieval Europe and nothing about the Carolingian world. Our project has allowed me to explore this fascinating period in greater depth than I could have imagined possible, and discover interests I never knew I had.

Amy Cummings

2021, History

Merit Scholarship

"Entangled Lives: Judith and Dhuoda," the book project of Professor Dana Polanichka, Camden, ME

Working through the drafting process of writing a popular history has been immensely valuable. It has helped me expand beyond the formal paper and adapt my skills to different types of historical writing.

Outcomes

100% of History majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

100%
of History majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Archivist and Historian, Wohelo Camps
  • Client Associate, Merrill Lynch
  • Communications and Development Assistant, Berkshire Hills Music Academy
  • Program Manager, New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Research Assistant, Yale School of Medicine


Sample Graduate Schools

  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • New England School of Law
  • San Francisco State University
  • Wesleyan University

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 66% for the classes of 2014-2018