• Invites you to explore the human past
  • Encourages responsible Christian citizenship through thoughtful critiques of past and present civilizations
  • Equips you to pursue a variety of career endeavors in today's rapidly-changing economy

Students benefit from a rich selection of integrated courses that include the foundations and development of Western society as well as global cultures. Living on Boston's historic North Shore, in the heart of New England, provides students with a host of beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities, through historical sites, libraries, museums, and more.

Highlights of our curriculum include courses in:

  • The Ancient Mediterranean World and the Near East
  • Late Antiquity and Byzantium
  • Early Islam
  • Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Modern Europe
  • US History—colonial through the present
  • European and American Intellectual History
  • American Foreign Policy

Students receive a multi-faceted educational experience through:

  • Small class sizes
  • Museum internships
  • Flexible requirements, encouraging double majors and minors
  • Relationships with faculty who are active, published historians
  • Interaction between Christian faith and historical scholarship
  • Opportunities to write senior honors theses

Time to pack your bags and your books. Students can choose from a variety of semester, year, short-term, or summer abroad programs through the Global Education Office (GEO). Tuition for the programs is the same as a regular semester or year on campus. Check out some of the many opportunities: 

The History major prepares students for graduate programs, professional programs, and the workplace. Graduates have worked in a variety of fields, employing the skills they acquired at Gordon, including:

  • Teaching—from secondary schools to universities
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Christian Ministry
  • Libraries
  • Museums and Public History Sites
  • Government
  • Business

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Dr. Steve Alter
Associate Professor of History
P 978.927.2300 x488

Department of History
Division of Social Science




Learning Outcomes & Evaluation for History Majors (DOCX)
Learning outcomes and evaluation criteria for licensure in History and Education.