History Degree Information

Join One of the Few Undergraduate Programs in the New England with Fully-Integrated Public History Coursework

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.

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.

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

A major and minor in History are offered. A minor is also offered in Public History.

Public History Concentration

The Public History Concentration is specifically designed for students who seek 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.

American/European Concentration

A concentration is offered in American/European history.

Social Studies Concentration

The Social Studies Concentration is specifically designed for students seeking a career as a middle school or high school social studies/history teacher.

History Club

This educational club will provide you the opportunity to network with FPU History majors, minors and friends, and engage in a variety of educational and fun activities from the annual History Club Historical Scavenger Hunt to the highly-anticipated Renaissance Fair!

Phi Alpha Theta

Upon meeting the national requirements, you will be invited to be inducted into Franklin Pierce's Chi Eta chapter of the National History Honor Society.

Student Government Association

Join the student organization dedicated to being the voice of change for the Franklin Pierce community. Class officers, class senators, club senators and executive board officers meet weekly to discuss topics of community interest.

  • Gabriel Norwood

     “ I became interested in Franklin Pierce University because it was one of the few schools in my search that offered a Public History minor. It’s a small school and I do best in that type of teaching of environment. I was able to get to know my professors and through those relationships was able to secure an internship with the National Parks Service which then lead to Plimoth Plantation.” 

     Gabriel Norwood ‘18


  • Maribeth Cote profile

    "Franklin Pierce University professors pushed me in the right direction, and helped me to be a better professional. History does not only exist in an academic setting. It's everywhere and we have the opportunity to teach it and let people experience it anywhere."

    Maribeth Cote '11

    Public Engagement Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

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    "The small class size of my history classes and my professors' encouragement for all of us to participate in class discussions and to share our opinions helped me feel confident at the museum and able to offer my opinion when it was asked for."

    Carly Boerrigter '13

    Administrative Assistant, HFF

  • Colleen McKinnon '99

    "Many of the schools I looked at had beautiful campuses but I felt at home there. Things felt comfortable."

    Colleen McKinnon '99

    Graduate of Franklin Pierce University

Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Education; Secondary, Middle, K-12
  • Cape Fear Museum
  • Hospitality Industry; Management/Administration
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Legal Profession (Prosecutor, D.A., Paralegal, etc)
  • Business; Marketing/Management
  • Acadia National Park
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Hawaiian Historical Society
  • The Museum of Tolerance
  • Strawbery Banke Museum


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

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Want to Know More?

Download the History Program SheetDownload 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.

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