Why Study History:
People think that history is about the past, but it’s really about the future: your future!
History majors at Ramapo learn how to do professional research and write well-documented non-fiction. Our flexible major involves just 12 classes that you can design around your historical interests, including 4 introductory-level courses that you can bypass with A.P. exam credits.
Employers of all kinds need people who can figure out “what happened” and explain it to others. A History major is a stepping-stone for jobs involving writing and speaking. Our grads have gone into education, law, business, publishing, and research. They also get jobs at historical sites and museums, teaching the public about our heritage and history.
Come study under a faculty of full-time professional historians, learn about the world, and sharpen your skills as a researcher and writer. In a time when objective analysis is a rare skill, when everybody argues about “fake” stories and people say they do not know what to believe, you can help decipher the facts.
History Course Offerings at Ramapo College:
The History program at Ramapo treats history as a narrative of the past, an exploration of different cultures, an example for the present, and a guidepost for the future. Through coursework, students may explore geographical areas including the United States, Europe, Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East and Islamic world, or Africa. Our courses span historical periods as varied as Ancient Greece, nineteenth century Europe, and the United States since 1945. Students can elect to study the history of specific groups of people—such as Middle Eastern women, Native Americans, or African Americans—or take topics courses on subjects as diverse as Biblical archaeology, Islamic art and architecture, military history, witchcraft, the American West, Jews in twentieth-century Europe, Korean cinema, and gender, race, and American politics.
Hands-On Opportunities When You Study History at Ramapo College:
History majors at Ramapo have several hands-on opportunities to write and present history. Through coursework and independent studies, students are encouraged to research and write about historical topics that interest them. Ramapo’s annual Scholars’ Day provides a forum for students to share their work outside the classroom. The Ramapo Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, also provides several opportunities every year for students to present at regional and national conferences. In one new course, entitled African American Relations with Ghana: Service, Culture, & Society, Ramapo students will merge traditional classroom-based learning with service in Ghana over the 2018 spring break recess.
Majors can gain additional perspective from study abroad and a variety of opportunities related to the discipline of history. Ramapo’s Archeology Field School Preparation Program, for example, funds up to two students every summer to take part in an archeological dig at sites like the Archeology Field School at James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia. A thriving History Club provides the excitement of outside speakers, sponsors field trips, and gives students a chance to develop leadership abilities. We are particularly excited that the Jane Addams Papers Project has moved from Duke University to Ramapo College. This initiative provides students with paid opportunities on campus to digitize and sort the collection of this leading social reformer and peace activist from the early twentieth century. Digital history is the future of the field, and work on the Jane Addams Papers Project positions our graduates for success in the new digital space.