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Minor in History

The minor in history requires completion of HIS 154 and any five history courses numbered HIS 201 or higher.

Requirements for Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors is open to all qualified students of the University whether they are in the Honors Program or not. Departmental Honors consists of an approved year-long research project submitted in the spring of the senior year, followed by an oral examination by a faculty committee. Specific requirements for departmental honors are found in the university catalog or in the brochure published annually by the Director of the Honors Program.

Special Academic Programs

History majors are eligible to participate in programs or minors in American Studies, Ancient Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Faith-Justice Studies, Gender Studies, Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies, and Latin American Studies, among others, all described elsewhere in this catalog.


The history department arranges internships for qualified students with various historical, cultural, educational, and governmental organizations. Students learn such skills as archival management, collections, processing, photographic records interpretation, educational curriculum development, historic site interpretation, public relations writing for non-profit organizations, to name several. History majors from Saint Joseph’s who engaged in internship programs have moved on to history-related careers, or used their experience in other professions

Teacher Certification for Secondary Schools

Students majoring in History may minor in Education to obtain an Instructional I, Secondary Education (7-12) Teaching Certificate. Students seeking this certification are URGED to apply for the Education minor no later than the spring semester of their freshman year. While students continue meeting with their History advisor, they will also be assigned an Education advisor who will guide them through their required Education courses. The Education advisor will also assist students seeking teacher certification in formally applying for the teacher certification program, usually in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to be accepted into the teacher certification program. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to obtain teacher certification upon graduation.

Students seeking the Education minor and teacher certification complete a sequence of five Education courses, three field experience labs, and a semester-long, full-time student teaching placement (for twelve credits). Students seeking the Education minor and teacher certification may complete their History ILC by taking: EDU 150/152 (Schools in Society and the accompanying lab); PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology); and EDU 157/158 (Adolescent Development and the accompanying lab).