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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of History

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Dean: Bryan Zygmont, Ph.D.

Professors: Curtis D. Johnson

Associate Professor: Timothy D. Fritz (Chair), Jamie A. Gianoutsos, Gregory W. Murry, Michelle M. Patterson, Charles T. Strauss

Assistant Professor: Elizabeth C. Strauss

The Department of History provides a perspective that is central to the University’s liberal arts curriculum, namely, an intellectual framework for understanding the evolution of the human condition. History majors, with the assistance of their advisors, select from a wide variety of courses on European, North American, and Non-Western cultures.

The Mount Saint Mary’s Department of History helps students to lead lives of significance in service to God and others by equipping all Mount students to understand the traditions that shape our communities, that they may embrace or challenge the cultural forces operating on them. The department prepares its majors and minors to achieve success in their chosen careers by providing them a solid grounding in history as an intellectual discipline and a rigorous training in research, data analytics, persuasive writing, and oral communication.

History majors find jobs in fields that value the knowledge and skills attained through a liberal arts education, including teaching, law, government and communications. In addition, the particular skills developed by historians offer career opportunities in museums, libraries, archives, and historic preservation agencies.

History Departmental Objectives:

The study of history at the Mount aims to equip students to:

  • Understand human values both in the western tradition and in other cultural traditions and thus establish values of their own;
  • Understand themselves better from the perspective of different times and places;
  • Participate as responsible citizens in the affairs of the world and to see, and seek to resolve, the problems facing humanity;
  • Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and accurately, conduct research honestly, and apply historical knowledge and history-based skills to live effective, balanced lives.



    Bachelor of Arts

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