ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
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.
A concentration is offered in American/European history.
The Social Studies Concentration is specifically designed for students seeking a career as a middle school or high school social studies/history teacher.
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!
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.
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.
Alumni Success Stories
“ 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
"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.
"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
"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