Department Chair: Dr. Lee Williames, Williames@stthom.edu
The major in history provides a knowledge of past civilizations and cultures that enriches the study of the liberal arts, ensures an awareness of the role of Christianity in the ancient and modern world and develops the historian’s skills of research and writing.
History majors will demonstrate a basic knowledge of world, European and American history by taking a standardized test in the senior year. They will also demonstrate mastery of research and writing skills in a capstone project, a senior paper that will be evaluated by the department faculty. Students with the bachelor of arts in history will be able to use their knowledge, research and writing skills in careers related to history, such as teaching, law, journalism, etc. The best students will be well prepared for graduate school and the pursuit of advanced degrees.
The Lamb Scholarship, a grant established in honor of Fr. R. E. Lamb, CSB, late Professor Emeritus in History, is awarded each spring to an outstanding history major at the end of the sophomore year. This award is to be applied to school-related expenses. There are also the Joseph and Norma McFadden, Rowan and Mae Cardwell, and Crow Family Scholarships for history majors who have completed at least 24 credit hours. All of the above scholarships are awarded by the History Department.