Historian Edward Hallett Carr once observed that history is “a dialogue between past and present”. The history faculty at Dominican University invites you to join the conversation as a history major or minor in the historic Lower Hudson Valley, so you can prepare yourself to compete and succeed in just about any profession.

While studying to complete your history degree, you’ll gain knowledge of human actions throughout time, giving you an in-depth understanding of what it means to be human as well as a means to predict what others will do and make informed decisions. You’ll also build critical life and career skills that will make you a valuable addition to any team.

As a history student. you’ll have the opportunity to do plenty of hands-on learning as you participate in collaborations with local museums (especially the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives, and the U.S. Military Academy Museum at West Point, with which we have special program relationships), historical societies, the Dominican University Archives, and various community organizations that focus on preserving history. And you’ll experience lots of excitement as you celebrate history through Camp Shanks, the Battle of Bataan, Colonial Day celebrations, historical debate, and a local history-based scavenger hunt. 

We also conduct a variety of field trips and will encourage and support you in securing an internship. And you’ll get to interact with experienced historians from within and beyond academia and teaching, to learn from their wisdom and experiences and be inspired by their successes.

Dominican University has an active history club and a vigorous debating society (among many other wonderful clubs and societies that are open to all students), which you will be welcome to join to both deepen your knowledge and expand your horizons. During your studies, you’ll also have the opportunity to present at the regional Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate Research Conference.

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A history degree that will equip you with marketable skills for almost any career

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-university athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

Going to Dominican University changed my life forever. The history professors helped me realize the potential that others had always seen in me. My studies at Dominican University helped me gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live out my dream as a social studies teacher. Thank you, Dominican University. Go Chargers!

Jamil Escobar, MS.Ed.  Social studies teacher, and varsity football coach, North Rockland High School 


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Miles from NYC

100% of First-Time,
Full-Time Freshman Receive Financial Aid

Job Opportunities

A lot of people underestimate the value of taking a college history program because the degree it gives you isn’t required for many specific jobs. But instead of limiting your career options, a history degree opens up a world of opportunity.

With a Dominican University history major or minor, you could pursue jobs in any of the following fields and organizations (and many more):

  • Museums
  • National and State history parks
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Business
  • Government
  • Foreign service
  • Publishing
  • Military intelligence
  • Homeland Security
  • Writing
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Archival research

What You’ll Learn

As a student of history you will build highly marketable skills such as:

  • Critical thinking 
  • Research 
  • Analysis 
  • Persuasive argumentation 
  • Effective writing 
  • A variety of decision-making skills 
  • Oral communication

Degree Details


The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost to attend Dominican University for an academic year.

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Course structure

Our history department offers courses in the following topical areas:

  •  U.S. History
  •  European History
  •  International History
  •  American Studies

All Dominican University history students complete these courses:

  •  TBA

You’ll then get to choose several elective units:

  •  For a major in history, you’ll choose electives to make up X credits
  •  For a minor in history, you’ll choose electives to make up Y credits


After you enroll in a Dominican University history degree, you can choose one of six concentrations:

  •  History Major (36 semester hours of history courses)
  •  History Major with an Emphasis in Childhood Education (30 semester hours of history courses)
  •  Social Science Major with a Concentration in History and Adolescent Education (24 semester hours of history courses)
  •  Social Science Major with a Concentration in History and Childhood Education (15 semester hours of history courses)
  •  TBC
  •  TBC

Department Staff

Dr. Christopher Libertini, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher Libertini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator of History, (Specialist in European and Medieval History)

Dr. Scott White, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott White, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History, History Internship Coordinator and College Archivist, (Specialist in U.S. and Native American History)

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