History (BA)

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Why History?

History is not just a study of the past, but an avenue into a deeper understanding of yourself, the world around you and the times we live in. The vantage point that history offers provides a foundation to enact positive change for the future – in any industry.

Why Study History at Iona?

You will develop an awareness of global history and an appreciation for the factors which have shaped our contemporary world. Working alongside faculty who are active researchers and contributors to the field, you will gain a broad perspective and ethical framework to create change in the world.

Take advantage of our close proximity to New York City – rich with history and stories, as well as internship and job opportunities!

What You'll Learn

You will come to understand particular historical developments and their impact on societies and the world. You will learn to use storytelling and analysis to communicate historical events.

You will master the ability to question confidently, research diligently, examine thoroughly, and communicate clearly – skills that employers are looking for.

You will dive into the arena of digital humanities with the program's partnership with the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies. Our curriculum, with a focus on techniques, theories, and methodologies, will provide the skills needed to share public history in the digital age.

You will be well-prepared to make history.

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Program Highlights

NYC: Your Other Classroom

With NYC just 20 minutes from campus, you’ll have access to many historical treasures, as well as the coveted internships and jobs available:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • New York Historical Society
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Museum of Jewish History
  • New York Public Library
  • United Nations

Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

Iona is home to the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection, comprising the rare original works and writings of one of America’s founding Fathers. Our Institute for Thomas Paine Studies promotes scholarship and learning in traditional and new media formats through our fellowship program, events and exhibits, and digital humanities projects! You will have the opportunity to complete an internship in public history through the Institute, working with the historical artifacts and document collections it has conserved!

Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

Innovative Thinking

You will have the opportunity to take courses in innovative thinking and collaborate with our Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Looking at history through a modern lens can provide surprising new results!

Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Careers & Outcomes

Use your knowledge of the past to understand the future. Hone your experience with research, writing and critical analysis to pursue a variety of career paths from non-profits, law, education and more.

Job Titles:

  • Historian
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Archaeologist
  • Police Officer
  • Political Aide
  • Business Executive

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

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