Academic Spotlight: History

PUC’s department of history focuses on more than just wars and politics. The goal is for each student to develop a clear understanding of human events and the values and attitudes of humanity from the time of ancient Sumer, Egypt, and China to our present civilization.

Programs offered:

  • B.A. in History, American History Emphasis
  • B.A. in History, European History Emphasis
  • B.S. in Social Studies
  • B.S. in History, Political Studies, and Ethics
  • B.A. or B.S. in Global Development Studies
  • Minor in History

A Student’s Perspective

There are a lot of fun things history students can get involved with at PUC.

Read “Seeing the East Coast with the PUC Department of History” by Marielle G. to hear about her experience taking a history study tour to Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Read “The Pre-Law Society at PUC” by Andrew M. to learn about this special club and his experience serving as the club’s president.  

Read “My Internship at PUC’s Nelson Memorial Library” by Ryan C. to hear about his internship working in the college’s archives as an intern, putting together a special exhibit for Homecoming Weekend.

BONUS: Check out “Great Places to Study on PUC’s Campus” to see photos of the department of history’s student lounge.

Fast Facts

  1. The department of history often hosts study tours over the summer. Recent destinations have included Japan, Washington, D.C., England, and Greece.  
  2. The Pre-Law Society offers students guidance in the process leading up to law school, advice and valuable insights to help with LSAT preparation, and connects students to a network of practicing attorneys who are willing to answer questions concerning law school.
  3. History students have the opportunity to have their work published in Eventorum, the department’s online current events journal. The journal strives to present under-reported topics from around the world, such as voting corruption in Venezuela and the U.S. opioid epidemic. The published articles not only help strengthen students’ resumes but they also help improve and advertise their writing skills.
  4. Sophomore Redi Degefa, a history major, recently interned in Washington, D.C., for Congressman Mike Thompson, the representative in Congress for California’s 5th district, which includes Napa Valley. Read “A Day in the Life of a Capitol Hill Intern” to hear about her experience!

What You Can Do With This Major

Armed with top-notch research and writing skills, graduates of PUC’s department of history have gone on to work within many different fields. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking about your options!

  • Lawyer/Paralegal
  • Librarian/Archivist
  • Medicine
  • Museum curator/Manager
  • Politician/Legislative staff
  • Public policy
  • Publishing
  • Researcher
  • Teaching

Learn more about the department of history at Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s history programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

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