Major: History
Minors: American History | European History | History

Lycoming’s history department offers an intensive and enriching curriculum that helps students cultivate valuable insights about current events through a deep knowledge of the past. A small student-professor ratio helps stimulate thought-provoking class discussion and mentorship. The multitude of exciting study abroad and research opportunities, such as fellowships, summer research grants, and a two-semester research project during senior year, puts Lycoming’s history program on par with some of the most rigorous history programs in the nation. A broad-based education in the humanities helps students flourish as critical thinkers, concise writers, and eloquent speakers who are well equipped for careers in historical societies, education, law, journalism, and civil service, or for further educational pursuits.

Student Opportunities

  • Apply for a summer research grant or a Haberberger Fellowship to fund summer research alongside faculty.
  • Complete a paid residential fellowship at the David Library of the American Revolution.
  • Attend lectures given by guest speakers on behalf of the Ewing Lecture Series.
  • Submit papers for publication in an academic journal or present them at local and national conferences.
  • Intern at local and national institutes such as the Thomas T. Taber Museum in Williamsport, the Gettysburg Museum, Mt. Vernon, or the Smithsonian Institute.
  • Collaborate with fellow Lycoming students as a writer or editor for the Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary Soldiers website.
  • Join the history club or work toward induction into Lycoming’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society.
  • Spend a semester abroad or participate in one of Lycoming’s many May Term travel courses, such as The Norman Conquest of England.
  • Gain teaching experience as a tutor for the Academic Resource Center.

Why Lycoming?

  1. A small student-to-professor ratio allows for substantial mentoring and numerous opportunities to partner with faculty for research projects.
  2. Classes are taught by published and awarded professors, each of whom holds the highest degree in the field.
  3. Lycoming offers many grants and fellowships to support research and is the only undergraduate institution to offer a paid, residential fellowship with the David Library of the American Revolution.
  4. Frequent academic excursions to locations such as the Cloisters Medieval Museum in New York, the Gettysburg battlefield, Seneca Falls, Saratoga, and “colonial and revolutionary Philadelphia” take learning beyond the classroom.
  5. Our degree programs make it easy to add on interdisciplinary majors/minors such as American studies, international studies, medieval studies, and women’s and gender studies.