Degrees type: Bachelor
Mount Aloysius students majoring in history and political science have the unique opportunity to be introduced to both areas of study, progressing to upper division work, rather than narrowly focusing on only one area. This separates Mount Aloysius from other colleges.
Students studying History/Political Science at Mount Aloysius benefit from the support of engaged and accessible faculty, small class-sizes, and outstanding internships.
- Museum worker
- Postsecondary teacher
- Document Editor
- Records managers
- Information managers
- Litigation support
- Legislative staff
- Corporate historian
- Contract historians
- Work with nonprofit associations
This program offers a plethora of career paths, but if history is your chosen field, the demand for Historians is expected to rise 2% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 100 jobs.*
The average median wage for a historian in the state of Pennsylvania is $57,860.*
Students who complete the major in History/Political Science will demonstrate:
- Historical/Political Literacy – Students will be able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and explain how each is used to make or support a claim;
- Critical Thinking -Students will be able to articulate how questions can be viewed from different perspectives and evaluate competing interpretations that arise from these perspectives;
- Research Skills – Students will acquire basic historical and political science research skills, including finding relevant primary and secondary resources through the effective use of libraries, archives, databases and online materials and accurately interpret and document these materials;
- Communication Skills – Students will learn to organize and express their thoughts clearly and coherently both in writing and orally; and
- Documentation & Presentation – Students should demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge and skills involved in professional practice by documenting and evaluating arguments in a professional manner culminating in conceptualizing and executing a significant piece of original research.
- Mount Aloysius College History and Political Science major Alex Minnick (St. Marys, PA) presented “Personal History and Continuous Learning” at the 47th Annual 8th Air Force Historical Society reunion in Savannah, Georgia in October 2021.
- Mount Aloysius College adjunct political science professor, Michael Ryan, published “War Weary: Why U.S. Troops are Often Overseas” in The National Interest, a premier foreign affairs publication. Mr. Ryan served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy.
Keeping History Alive
Alex's passion for history has led him to volunteering for a WWII museum near his hometown.
Let’s Get Political
Trenton put his History/PoliSci degree to quick work after graduating.
From International Affairs to Classroom Affairs
Mike Ryan brings decades of government and military experience to the Mount, where he hopes to pass that knowledge on to students.
Student Voices & Success Stories
MacKenzie Horne, ‘15, ‘17 Duquesne University, is now an archaeologist with GAI Consultants.
Dillon Bender, ‘16, is a Rose-Hulman Sports Information Graduate Assistant at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
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