Academic Programs

Positions our graduates have held:

  • Director of a historical society
  • Chief legislative assistant to a congresswoman
  • Analyst in Far Eastern affairs for a national security agency
  • Partner in a law firm
  • Air Force officer
  • Admissions representative
  • High school teacher
  • U.S. attorney
  • College history professor
  • Assistant editor at a historical journal
  • Bookstore manager
  • Staff member at National World War I Museum (Kansas City)
  • Writer for U.S. Geological Survey team
  • Teacher for AmeriCorps

Where our graduates study:

  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University

Program Overview

The history program emphasizes critical reading and analysis in seminar-style courses and offers a variety of independent research opportunities. Sharpening your investigative skills, you will embark on voyages of historical discovery. Who knows what you will find and how it will shape who you become?

Transylvania history students regularly win prizes for their original research and writing. Several have received generous grants to pursue their scholarly interests in archives both at home and abroad. Recent grant recipients have conducted research at the Imperial War Museum in London, the D-Day anniversary commemorations in France, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

Learning experiences outside the classroom abound. May term travel courses may take you to Washington D.C., New York, Greece, Israel, or Honduras. Other events, lectures, and symposia will allow you to meet and perhaps enjoy lunch or dinner with critically-acclaimed scholars, such as our recent guests National Book Critics Circle Award winner Harriet Washington and Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Annette Gordon-Reed.

In history courses, students analyze primary sources, debate historical and contemporary issues, study historiography and methodology, and engage in independent research. Other opportunities include practical experience through an internship with a historical society, museum, library, or archaeological firm.

Transylvania's library contains extensive special collections, including a Kentucky collection dating to the eighteenth century. It is an excellent resource for historians.

History students who qualify may join the campus chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary.

An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for law school or graduate school, and many of our history graduates enter careers in law, government, and education.

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