The History Program at The College of New Rochelle challenges its majors to explore the multifaceted geographical and thematic contours of the past, observing history from a variety of local, regional and international perspectives.
Majors are supplied with a broad understanding of history and historical schools of thought. As they proceed, history majors will perfect their historical skills and their ability to examine primary sources and develop an appreciation for different peoples, cultures and civilizations.
The mission of the faculty is to provide our majors with the highest standards of academic excellence and educational growth and to advance capable, confident and independent-minded historical analysis. We are likewise committed to fostering liberally educated citizens, with a thirst for lifelong learning and commitment to civic engagement.
The program offers opportunities for internships and independent study, and history majors interested in law or government can engage in internships with local governments, U.S. representatives, or area law firms. Opportunities for museum work, historical editing, archival work, or other uses of historical training are also available through internships with the Sleepy Hollow Restorations, the Rye Historical Society, the Thomas Paine National Historical Association, the Cloisters, the New York Historical Society and the National Museum of the Native American Indian.
Majors can also take part in the Semester in Washington, take on internships with non-governmental organizations at the United Nations, or study abroad during their junior or senior year.
History majors may wish to pursue the New York State Teacher Certification to teach social studies at the the high school or middle school level. Specific course work is outlined in the Education section of the catalog for the School of Arts & Sciences. History majors planning to teach high school or middle school must take six (6) credits in economics and political science.
Additional programs available to students in this department include childhood education (Grades 1-6), early childhood education, and education of students with disabilities.
Senior history majors with a cumulative index of 3.5 in history courses and a distinguished senior thesis will be awarded departmental honors upon graduation.