Do you ever need just a little more context? Maybe you want to dive deeper into the ideas and people that shaped the world you live in. Studying history can provide you with a platform of understanding as you orient yourself to the world around you. Looking to the past for guidance, you’ll find that history has a lot to tell us about the present. Majoring in history at Gordon will help you trace the trajectories of past civilizations while contextualizing the “big questions” of today.
Boston's historic North Shore in the heart of New England offers extraordinary beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities—historical sites, libraries, museums and more. Led by faculty skilled in ancient and medieval history, early Christianity, museum studies and American history, you will cover a range of subjects yet have time to concentrate on the parts of history that interest you most.
History majors learn to do research thoroughly, think critically, and write effectively. Many pursue graduate work in a variety of professional and academic fields. From a preservationist at a museum to a public official, history helps give the depth needed to do any job well, including:
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Many history students take advantage of the plethora of resources on the North Shore and in Boston and work closely with museums and preservation societies. You could coordinate a trip to a historical site or volunteer as a docent. Some students home in on their interests and prepare for graduate school by writing an honors thesis, working closely with a faculty member. Another honors option is the Jerusalem and Athens Forum, a chance to study great historical texts alongside students majoring in other fields.
History students are encouraged to spend a semester studying in places that most interest them, from D.C. to the Middle East. Each off-campus program offers a different perspective and focus.