History (Bachelor of Arts)
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Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in history will allow you to indulge your natural curiosity while preparing you for a broad range of careers. Want to know how people change the world? Interested in the history of a particular region of the world? A history degree from Creighton University gives you the ability to research projects thoroughly, analyze and interpret evidence, assign significance to findings and clearly communicate results. Graduates with these skills are attractive to employers in a variety of fields and are always in demand.
The history minor provides you with historical perspectives and insight into the issues, events, ideas and values that constitute the human experience. You’ll learn the necessary analytic and communication skills to think critically about a variety of societies and cultures.
European Studies Minor
The minor in European Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program whose aim is to promote understanding of Western Europe, exploring the diversity of its many cultures by examining historical events, cultural expressions and political arenas. Learn more
History is excellent preparation for employment in professions like teaching, law, business, journalism, museum studies, library and information science, public policy and community service.
Creighton’s history graduates enjoy careers in:
- Government, including the Peace Corps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Creighton history graduates have most recently found positions with the following:
- Bishop Museum
- Good Shepherd School
- The J. Paul Getty Museum
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Magis Catholic Teacher Corps
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- Peace Corps
- Teach for America
- TD Ameritrade
- United States Army
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Our graduates have most recently pursued advanced study with the following:
- George Washington University
- Rice University
- State University of New York-Albany
- Tufts University, Fletcher School
- University of Illinois at Springfield
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Kansas, School of Law
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Creighton University’s graduate and professional schools
- An understanding of the discipline of history, its methods and purposes
- The ability to research projects thoroughly, analyze and interpret evidence, assign significance to findings and clearly communicate results
- To think critically about a variety of societies and cultures
- History Club
The History Club is an organization dedicated to the promotion of historical awareness throughout the Creighton community and to building a spirit of community among majors and others interested in the past. The club has sponsored such activities as History Jeopardy and movie and pizza nights featuring films and documentaries on the Cuban missile crisis and the Civil War.
- Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is the International Honor Society in history. The Theta Eta chapter was founded at Creighton in May 1961. Membership in Phi Alpha Theta is open to students who meet overall grade point standards and achieve at least a 3.1 average in 12 credits of history courses above the 100-level.
Public History Internship
The Public History Internship collaborates with historical, cultural and community organizations in the Omaha Metro area to create opportunities for juniors and seniors in the program to earn history credit while gaining experience in career fields related to American Studies. Recent placements include:
- Creighton University Archives
- Sarpy County Museum
- Durham Museum
- Boys Town Hall of History and the Father Flanagan House
Summer-session internship credit for work at institutions outside the Omaha area can be arranged through mutual agreement with the Public History Internship Program and the proposed internship site.
Research Methods in History
All history majors are required to conduct original historical research. Faculty members in the history department encourage students to develop sustained research projects that build upon final papers in HIS 400 or advanced elective courses. Students may request a faculty mentor to supervise their research in an independent study course and can receive assistance from their academic advisor in applying for grants, participating in conferences or seeking publication opportunities.
Writing for Publication
Students interested in developing research into a publishable paper or conference presentation are invited to apply to enroll in HIS 595 Writing for Publication. This intensive graduate-level writing seminar is limited to ten selected students. Each seminar member is required to present a twenty-minute version of the paper at the history department’s annual “Writing for Publication” symposium.
History Fellows Program
Thanks to a generous gift from a Creighton History alumnus, the department offers two fellowships to incoming freshman history students each year, beginning in fall 2015. The History Fellows Program provides funding, mentoring, and supplemental programming to support undergraduate historical scholarship and career preparation.
Fellows will receive $2500 per year for up to four years ($10,000 total) for educational expenses. Students will not just study history; they will do it! We seek highly motivated students who have the desire to engage in classroom debate, to explore archives and museums, and to speak with participants in important historical events.