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History, Bachelor of Arts



Your history degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the issues and events that shape today’s global society. Studying history is also a proven way to develop the analytical and communication skills necessary for success in most fields, including business, law, journalism, public policy and teaching. Jobs for history teachers alone are expected to rise 13 percent over the next few years.

Discover the advantages of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in History at St. John’s University. This 120-credit program is your introduction to many exciting careers, and the skills you develop will increase your chances for a successful career in almost any field.

Offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — the University's oldest division — the program features an award-winning faculty that cares about your growth as a student and an individual. Our History program connects the past to the present, providing an in-depth study of the world’s major civilizations, cultures and events. From ancient to contemporary times, course offerings span the globe and include the histories of the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

As a history major you will learn vital skills such as effective writing, critical analysis, in-depth research and interdisciplinary thinking, all of which will prove extremely valuable as you pursue a career after graduation.

Department Contact

Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
St John Hall, Room 244
[email protected]

Frances Balla
Department Secretary
St. John Hall, Room 244F
Queens, NY 11439
[email protected]

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To earn your B.A. in History, you complete 120 credits, including core, major sequence, and elective requirements. The major sequence and elective requirements are outlined below. For more information about the courses listed below, please the St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Sequence — 36 Credits

World History IHIS 10103
Emergence of a Global SocietyHIS 1000C3
Sophomore SeminarHIS 29903
U.S. History 6
European History 6
Non-Western History 6
Senior SeminarHIS 49903
History Electives 6
Total 36

Global Approach to Education

You will take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. 

You also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. For more information, please visit Global Education

Additional Information

As a History major, you gain a solid understanding of the historical forces that have shaped today's global society. You also develop valuable communications and writing skills that are vital to the discipline — and to professional success in virtually any field.

You will be guided and mentored by St. John's internationally recognized faculty of scholar-teachers.

You will also develop a strong academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs, organizations and honor societies, including the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for History.

Every student at St. John's enjoys the outstanding academic resources for which the University is known. Facilities include high-tech classrooms and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, and a full-service food court.