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History, Bachelor of Arts

Barry Moscowitz teaching
120 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


Earning a degree in history provides students 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 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.

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Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D.
History Department Chair
St John Hall, Room 244
[email protected]

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


For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. 



Global Approach to Education

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

Students 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. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. For more information, please visit Global Studies.

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

In their efforts, they are guided and mentored by St. John's internationally recognized faculty of scholar-teachers.

Students 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, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new 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.

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Associate Professor and Chair of History Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D., has been named Councilor for the Professional Division of the American Historical Association (AHA). Her term as Councilor begins...