Division of Social Sciences
To inquire about this program:
Yui-Yin Cheng | 212-774-4831 | E-mail
History is past human experience recollected. Historical narratives aim to make that experience meaningful, to provide perspectives for understanding and living in a complex and interdependent contemporary world. The history program enables students to study selected segments of the human past organized around time, place, and theme, and to develop critical and conceptual skills of historical inquiry and interpretation.
The MMC Advantage
At Marymount Manhattan history majors and minors work closely with an advisor in building their programs. They take three social science credits and a minimum of 33 credits in history. A history minor requires 18 credit hours of course work in history.
Learning Goals for the Major in History*
*Adapted from The AHA (American Historical Association) "Liberal Learning and the History Major"
- Participate knowledgably in the affairs of the world around them, drawing upon understandings shaped through reading, writing, discussions, and lectures concerning the past.
- See themselves and their society from different times and places, displaying a sense of informed perspective and a mature view of human nature.
- Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively.
- Exhibit sensitivities to human values in their own and other cultural traditions and, in turn, establish values of their own.
- Perform successfully at the graduate level in history, law, and other professions; and enter career demanding their knowledge, perspectives, and skills gained through studying history.
The History major provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in:
1) Academic History
2) Public and applied historical fields, such as archival management, historical editing, and related fields
3) Professional training in business, communications (journalism), economics, law, public administration, and policy studies.
History also prepares students for elementary and secondary teaching careers and for a wide variety of positions in private or public sector organizations. The history faculty works closely with students to provide internship opportunities to explore possible careers.
History requirements include:
1) Introductory courses which teach the principles of historical research, narrative construction and interpretation.
2) Courses in European, American and Non-Western history.
3) An advanced seminar or independent project resulting in a research paper.