People have a world of information at their fingertips but have never been more confused, conflicted, and unable to determine what is real or “fake.” Historians are scholars who learn how to do deep, serious research to figure out “what happened.” They are writers of non-fiction, people who demonstrate how we know what we think we know. They are the keepers of the world’s knowledge and traditions.
Whether you are a writer or editor or a teacher or scholar or enter business or the law, everyone today needs to know: Is this true? Can the facts be relied upon? How do we know?
If you choose to study history, you will engage with fascinating topics such as the Cold War, the American Revolution, women in Middle Eastern societies, Nazi Germany, East Asian civilizations, and many more. You will become a proficient researcher and writer and develop your public speaking skills. You will be that rate and valuable person who can sort out fact from fiction and write your own future!
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. .
Majors can gain additional perspective from study abroad and a variety of opportunities related to the discipline of history. We are particularly excited that the Jane Addams Papers Project is housed at 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 as well as other exciting and important digital humanities projects being conducted by various faculty and students in the School of Humanities & Global Studies, positions our graduates