Student reading book in library.The History Program at The College of New Rochelle challenges its majors to explore the multifaceted geographical and thematic contours of the past, observing history from a variety of local, regional and international perspectives.

Majors are supplied with a broad understanding of history and historical schools of thought. As they proceed, history majors will perfect their historical skills and their ability to examine primary sources and develop an appreciation for different peoples, cultures and civilizations.

The mission of the faculty is to provide our majors with the highest standards of academic excellence and educational growth and to advance capable, confident and independent-minded historical analysis. We are likewise committed to fostering liberally educated citizens, with a thirst for lifelong learning and commitment to civic engagement.

History majors may wish to pursue the New York State Teacher Certification to teach social studies at the the high school or middle school level. History majors planning to teach high school or middle school must take six (6) credits in economics and political science.

Additional programs available to students in this department include childhood education (Grades 1-6), early childhood education, and education of students with disabilities. Students also have the ability to complete one of several Certificate Programs to enhance their major. These include a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. See the Certificate Programs page for details of all the Certificate Programs.


The major in history requires a minimum of 37 credit hours in addition to the minimum requirements of the School of Arts & Sciences.

I. Departmental Requirements – 10 credits

All history majors are required to complete methodology courses in the Social Sciences and a senior thesis, to include:

  • HIS 390 Reading Seminar – 2 sections for 6 credits
  • HIS 401 Thesis Proposal – 1 credit
  • HIS 491 Senior Thesis – 3 credits

II. Concentration/Cluster Requirements – 15 credits

To establish a depth of knowledge in one area, the history major must declare a concentration in one of three clusters:

  • The Americas
  • Europe
  • World/Comparative

Within that area of concentration, she must complete the two-course introductory sequence at the 100 level (6 credits). In consultation with her advisor, each major will then choose three additional courses (200 and 300 level) in her area of concentration, either The Americas, Europe, or World/Comparative (9 credits).

III. Outside Cluster Requirements – 12 credits

To establish a breadth of knowledge, each history major must include in her program four history courses (12 credits total) in an area outside her concentration cluster, to be selected in consultation with her advisor. Two of the history courses must be at the introductory level (100) and two must be at the upper division level (200 and 300 level).

Minor - 18 credits

A student may pursue a minor in History with the approval of a departmental advisor. For the minor, a student must accrue 18 credits in History courses. In addition, only half of the courses (9 credits) can be taken at the 100 level. To gain a broad range of historical knowledge, the minor must complete two courses in each of the three concentration clusters.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

The program offers opportunities for internships and independent study, and history majors interested in law or government can engage in internships with local governments, U.S. representatives, or area law firms.

Opportunities for museum work, historical editing, archival work, or other uses of historical training are also available through internships with the Sleepy Hollow Restorations, the Rye Historical Society, the Thomas Paine National Historical Association, the Cloisters, the New York Historical Society and the National Museum of the Native American Indian.