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History ​Programs & Degrees

The history department encourages a sensitivity to the past so you can better understand the present and deal with the challenges of the future. We train and instruct students in historical method and place an emphasis on doing the work of history with the greatest possible objectivity — resisting personal and social prejudice and ideological fashion.

Our department emphasizes an appreciation of the Judeo-Christian heritage — keeping with the Catholic and Dominican character and mission of the College. We promote an understanding of democratic tradition and practice and their relation to the responsibilities of citizenship and humane development of the nation and the world.

Majors are offered in history and history/secondary education, both of which lead to the bachelor of arts degree. A minor in history is also available.

The history/secondary education bachelor’s degree option is designed to provide in-depth training in history for those seeking careers as high school history teachers. Students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the history concentration and to follow a program of courses established by the Department of Secondary Education for teacher preparation.

For a listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the following:

Degrees

​AP policy


For the History Major
Majors with an AP grade of 5 in the AP American exam will be given a one course reduction in the required courses for that area and will be given flexibility in choosing the remaining two courses (any two courses for that particular area).

Majors with an AP grade of 5 in the AP European exam will be given a one course reduction in the requirements for that area. Such students may choose to apply the AP credit to satisfy either the pre-1715 or the post-1715 requirement.

Majors with an AP grade of 5 in the World History exam will be given a one course reduction, which will satisfy the requirement for a course in non-Western history.

Majors with an AP grade of 4 in the AP American and/or European History exam(s) will be given flexibility in choosing any three courses in place of the required sequence of courses for U.S. and/or European History.

For the History Minor
Minors with an AP grade of 5 in the AP American and/or European History exam(s) will be given a one course reduction in the required courses for the one specific area and will be given flexibility in choosing the remaining requirement in that particular area.

Minors with an AP grade of 5 in the AP World History exam will be given a one course reduction in the number of required electives for the minor. Thus a minor with a 5 in World History would be required to complete only one elective in history. A limit of two AP scores of 5 will be recognized by the department for reduction of the total number of courses in the minor.

Minors with an AP grade of 4 in the AP American and/or European History exam(s) will be given flexibility in choosing any two courses for American and/or European History to satisfy the requirements in that particular area.

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Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 137
Office Hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Chair: Dr. Margaret Manchester
Ruane 131
(401) 865-2846
mmanch@providence.edu

Assistant Chair: Dr. Sharon Ann Murphy
Ruane 116
(401) 865-2380
smurph13@providence.edu

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Paul O’Malley
Ruane 133
(401) 865-2192
pomalley@providence.edu

Senior Administrative Coordinator: Mrs. Phyllis Cardullo
Ruane 137
(401) 865-2193
pcardull@providence.edu

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