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Explore human society through research and analysis as you develop a critical interpretation of the past for cultures in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Overview & Distinctions


D'Youville's History program focuses on American culture and its interaction with European, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.

Your coursework is integrated with social science, philosophy, religion, and the arts. History majors learn to provide insights that help others understand the differences in how groups exercise power, make decisions and respond to change.

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared you for a wide variety of careers, including positions in private industry, corporations, educational facilities, or federal, state and local governments. Other career paths for History majors are lawyer, librarian, biographer, genealogist, diplomat and museum curator.


The History major leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Choose a concentration in a related social science (political science, sociology or psychology) or choose a minor:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Computer science
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Join classmates and faculty for the department's annual trip to the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference. You'll join students from over 35 countries to debate over the most pressing issues that face the international community today.
  • Gain research experience at the undergraduate level by working with D'Youville faculty or through one of our many local collaborating institutions.
  • Study Chinese history in China through a faculty-led summer program. Or deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Build your resume with a professional internship, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • Flexible requirements for the major means you can customize the curriculum to suit your future career goals.
  • Benefit from individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished faculty.
  • Strong interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study or law school. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Considerations

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.00 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

First Time in College Student Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.33


Explore Courses in History

Topics in Critical Inquiry: Black Death — HIS 189

Gain an introduction to the Black Death, the pandemic that devastated Europe in the mid-fourteenth century. Explore various topics, including plague historiography, medical responses, social and economic impacts, the role of religion, and how the Black Death affected the perspectives of the survivors.

American Environmental History — HIS 336

Examine the major themes and issues in American environmental history, focusing on the changing attitudes and behavior towards nature in the transition from rural agricultural to an urban industrial society that profoundly transformed the physical and cultural landscapes.

American Icons — HIS 342

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an icon is “a famous person or thing that represents something of importance.” American icons often elicit strong emotions, both in their own time as well as in future generations. In American icons, you will consider who qualifies as an icon, uncover what ideas and beliefs icons were associated with in their own time, and how the perception, importance, and values linked to certain icons changed over time.

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