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  • College of Arts and Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Rachel A. Batch, PhD

    • Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 311
    • tel: 610-499-1137


Why Widener?

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Historical, Cultural, and Networking Experiences

History majors enhance their resumes by studying abroad in Ireland, Germany, Italy, and China. Others gain experience through internships for course credit at local historical sites such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and the National Museum of American Jewish History or at the Pennsylvania Military College Museum. Our students and recent graduates also have been honored with acceptances to and awards from nationally recognized research conferences.

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Flexibility and Maximum Choice with History

With our flexible curriculum, history majors can double major or minor in other areas like business, international relations, or environmental science. Many students also choose secondary education, which allows them to acquire both a bachelor’s degree in history and a certification to teach social studies at the high school level. Studying history also serves as excellent preparation for students who will pursue a law degree whether at Widener's Law School or in other top programs.

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Original Research, Engaging Faculty, Creative Students

Our faculty’s research specializations and collaborative relationships with other historians nationally and internationally connect students to intellectual and professional communities beyond the classroom. History professors guide students in conducting original research on topics such as urban planning in nineteenth-century France, Muslims in China, runaway slaves in the antebellum U.S., and labor radicalism in Pennsylvania.

  • kevin golden '07
  • tyler j. schmalhofer '14
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Kevin Golden


Widener hosts Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, which provides opportunities to present papers at conferences. Faculty members are both incredibly helpful and supportive.

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Tyler J. Schmalhofer


All the professors offer different opinions and explore different content in their classes, and they do so in a way that forces you to think. By the time I was finished, I was astounded by how much I learned.

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Potential Careers

  • Law
  • Government
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Military
  • Business
  • Human resources
  • Library science
  • Museums and archives
  • Public history

Recent Placements

  • Villanova University School of Law and Department of History
  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • Brandeis University, Global Studies
  • University of Pennsylvania, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
  • Drexel University, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Education First Consulting (Austin, TX)
  • AmerisourceBergen (Wilmington, DE)
  • HTH Worldwide (Radnor, PA)