History

A major and a minor are offered in History. A minor is now offered in Public History.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Historic Campus Aerial Photo
Franklin Pierce Rindge Campus in 1970.

Students who major in history gain a broad understanding of historical perspectives, historical thinking and methods, and ethical issues linked to history.

Franklin Pierce is one of a small number of schools offering an undergraduate program in Public History. Students who major in History may select the Public History Minor as a strong complement to the Major, particularly if they plan careers in museum work, historical societies, archival work, interpretive fields or other settings where history is presented to the public through a variety of media.

Planning and completing historical research projects are also part of the curriculum. Students demonstrate their knowledge and research methods through written and oral styles of presentation.

The history curriculum offers a wide selection of courses designed to build students' core historical knowledge as well as techniques in research, analysis and written and oral communication. The skills acquired and demonstrated through the study of history serve as valuable preparation for law school and careers in politics, finance and education.

Course Details

Coursework at Franklin Pierce University focuses on American, European and Non-Western history, and the cultural and political shifts that have taken place in these societies. History majors have the option to pursue a concentration in American History or European History. History is also the specified major for students seeking Secondary Education certification in Social Science.

 

I can not only recite dates of important events and titles by specific authors, but also explain why the information is important to me and relevant in the world today. I believe that my successes have corne from the relationships and classroom rapport I have with my professors. They know who I am and hold me to a standard they know I can achieve. I've been challenged, I've laughed, and most of all, I've learned."

— Heather Modjesky, '10

Want to know more?

Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload a History program sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

Contact

Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge
1.800.437.0048
admissions@franklinpierce.edu

 

Faculty

Melinda Marie Jettè Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Catholic University of America
M.A., Université Laval
Ph.D., University of British Columbia
jettem@franklinpierce.edu

Mary C. Kelly Ph.D.
Professor of History
B.A., M.A., University College Galway
Ph.D., Syracuse University
kellymc@franklinpierce.edu

Douglas Ley Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Gettysburg College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
leyda@franklinpierce.edu

Nickolas Lupinin Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Humanities
B.A., Syracuse University
M.A., Ph.D., New York University
lupinin@franklinpierce.edu

Lecturers 

Stephen Wilson
Lecturer, Humanities
B.A., University of Rhode Island
M.A., University of London
wilsons@franklinpierce.edu

Co-Curricular
Opportunities

  • Phi Alpha ThetaNational History Honors Society (by invitation to students who meet national requirements)
  • Many History majors participate in the Student Government Association, and are Peer Leaders and Community Assistants.
  • History majors have contributed to published oral history projects through the University's Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.
  • Internships are available to History majors and Public History minors. Internship locations have included the Peterborough Historical Society and the Manchester Historic Association.

Student Success

  • Jonathan Kabak '03 works as Schooner Pioneer for an educational sailing vessel at New York City's South Street Seaport.
  • Sara Cheeseman '03 is a corporate archivist for the Mitre corporation in Bedford, Mass.
  • Other recent alumni are pursuing
    graduate degrees in history at competitive institutions including Northeastern University and the University of Delaware.