Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (B.S.), Undergraduate Minor

Program Delivery


Locations Available

Rindge, New Hampshire

Studying history helps you understand the world around you more fully. You’ll learn more about the issues that divide us and bind us together as a people — social, political, religious, economic, gender and environmental. Integrating the study and practice of public history, the History major builds skills for work in museums, historic sites, digital media, archives, libraries and businesses. Equipped with historical knowledge and the lessons of history, together with the tools of research, analysis and communication, you will be well-positioned for success in a range of fields.

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What Makes Our History Program Different?

Franklin Pierce’s comprehensive Public History Program offers students flexibility for majors and minors with major concentrations in Public History, Social Studies, and U.S., European, World History as well as elective courses. Additionally our program is an ideal opportunity for:

  • Individualized preparation and mentorship with faculty
  • Rewarding careers in a range of industries and non-profit organizations including museums and historic sites, digital history, archives and library science, historic preservation, heritage tourism, oral history and film, consulting and civil service
  • Professional internships opportunities throughout New England, nationally and internationally

FPU students have completed internships at Acadia National Park, Colonial Williamsburg, the National Basketball Hall of Fame, Monadnock Developmental Services, and the Museum of the City of New York.

What Can I Do With a History Degree?

Students have gone on to earn graduate degrees in history, museum studies, government, and law at prestigious institutions, including Boston College, American University, and Trinity College, Dublin, among many others.

The Program prepares students for a range of fulfilling career tracks, including:

  • Law, Government, Public Policy, Political Campaigns
  • Business: Marketing, Sales, Advertising, Management
  • Education: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Higher Education
  • Public History: Historic sites, Museums, Archives, Cultural Centers, Digital Environments, including Education Technology, Data Security, Information Management, and more.

What do HIstory students Learn?

As a History major, you’ll study U.S., European, and World History, develop critical and evaluative skills through the appraisal of evidence and historical perspectives, and explore core concepts and careers in Public History.

Who should Study HIstory?

You’ll find this major a good fit if you have or want to develop:

  • Curiosity about the past and those who lived it
  • Understanding of issues, ideas and events that inform today’s world
  • Analytical and historical research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong foundation for positions in the legal field

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