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History majors at Clarkson benefit from a level of personal attention that cannot be easily matched at other institutions of higher learning. Faculty work individually with students from the time they enter Clarkson to prepare them for careers in a world economy that demands creativity in analyzing problems, expertise in technology, and an understanding of diverse perspectives. History majors have the opportunity to develop innovative areas of expertise generally unavailable at liberal arts colleges, while still embracing the discipline and the creativity afforded in top liberal arts institutions.

Concentrations in Science, Technology, and Society and War Studies build bridges between past and present, and the major also offers more traditional concentrations in American and European history.

Sample history courses include:

Science, Technology, and Society

  • Ancient Medicine and Magic
  • The History and Art of Film Animation
  • History of Modern Science

War Studies

  • World War I in History and Literature
  • War in the Middle Ages
  • War and Society

European History

  • Holocaust
  • Abroad: Travel Literature on the Balkans, Middle East, and West Central Asia
  • War, Pirates, Kings and Queens: Tudor England

American History

  • Medicine and Society in America
  • The Civil War
  • History of the American Family

External field
A required external field of five or more courses prepares students for future careers.

Chosen from one of Clarkson's many programs and departments, external fields may be in such defined pre-professional areas as pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-business, pre-physical therapy, psychology, or computer science; alternately, students may create their own external field, tailored to their specific career interests.

Nazi Experiment Survivor Visits Campus for Holocaust Class
Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor visited campus and delivered a powerful message of forgiveness before a large audience of students, faculty, staff and community members.