Do you love history? If so, you’ll love our history courses, because history lives at Dominican University New York! Our campus enjoys a prime location in the historic Lower Hudson Valley. Our dedicated faculty are passionate about helping you to succeed. Our broad range of history courses will prepare you for life after college in just about any career field. And our internship program, student clubs, and extracurricular activities will bring your historical studies to life. 

As a student with a major or minor in history, you’ll enjoy small class sizes while learning from avid historians with specialties that include Colonial, Native American, Civil War, Medieval, and Public history. Our Methods, Historiography, and Senior Seminar courses will prepare you for post-graduate studies or employment. Our Public History course will introduce you to the fascinating career field of museum and archival work. Our extensive network of internship placements, which include top-ranked museums and historical sites, will give you unmatched real-world experience working in the history field. Prefer to stay on campus? No problem. You can work with our University Archivist to gain experience doing archival work and institutional research at the Sullivan Library University Archive. 

 Concerned about what you can do with a history degree? Don’t be! History remains one of the top universal undergraduate majors, preparing you for careers in just about any field. With a history degree, you can pursue a career in teaching, law, business, museums, publishing, archives, libraries, government, and more. It’s not by accident that more U.S. presidents have earned degrees in history than any other major.

As a member of our History Club or Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society, you can explore the scenic Lower Hudson Valley, a community that prides itself on being ‘rich in history’ with its founding dating back to 1680. You can present your own original research at a regional undergraduate history conference or help us organize one of these conferences. Our campus has served as a conference host site multiple times in the past. You even can join our Debate Team , which will put your critical thinking skills honed by your history studies to the ultimate test in intercollegiate competition.

 Historian Edward Hallett Carr once observed that studying history is the process of building “a dialogue between past and present.” Our passionate history faculty at Dominican University invites you to join the conversation! Please contact us. We would love to tell you more about our dynamic history program and welcome you to make history come alive for you at DUNY!

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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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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

All Dominican University history students complete these required courses

HI 101 Introduction to History and Methods
HI 470 Historiography
HI 472 Seminar in Historical Research
One course in Ancient European History
One course in Medieval or Renaissance European History
One course in Modern European History
Three courses in U.S. History, one of which must be in the Colonial or Early National Period.

You’ll then get to choose several elective units:

  • For a major in history, you’ll choose electives to make up 9 credits.
  • For a minor in history, you’ll choose electives to make up 9 credits.


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

  • History Major (39 semester hours of history courses)
  • History Major with an Emphasis in Childhood Education (30 semester hours of history courses)
  • Social Sciences Major with a Concentration in American Studies (15 semester hours of history courses)
  • Social Sciences Major with a Concentration in History and Adolescent Education (24 semester hours of history courses)
  • Social Sciences Major with a Concentration in History and Childhood Education (15 semester hours of history courses)
  • Social Sciences Major with a Concentration in History and Two Supporting Social Sciences Fields (18 semester hours of history courses)

Department Staff

Christopher Libertini, Ph.D.

Christopher Libertini, Ph.D.

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

Scott White, Ph.D.

Scott White, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Cynthia Metcalf Ph.D.

Dr. Cynthia Metcalf Ph.D.

Lecturer, Specialist in Modern Middle Eastern, Modern South Asian, Russian, and Women’s History

Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson

Lecturer, Specialist in U.S. History and Women’s History

Matthew Robertson

Matthew Robertson

Lecturer, Specialist in European and Latin American History

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