History at Stevens

Majoring in history at Stevens allows students examine the past as they analyze the present and prepare themselves for the future. With this unique perspective, and in keeping with the mission of the College of Arts and Letters, it is our goal to use historical research to provide deeper understanding of our world through an examination of science and technology and their impact on human existence.

WHY STUDY HISTORY AT STEVENS

The History major at Stevens recognizes that history is much more than just a study of the past. Our faculty believe that by evaluating the ways key historical figures have dealt with the problems and challenges that faced them, we are able to become acutely aware of the problems facing us today, and perhaps influence the course of events that creates our future. 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Students who major in History make contact with a dynamic scholarly and research discipline that seeks to recount and explain the human story over time. The enjoy an interdisciplinary approach to learning which can embrace varied aspects of science, engineering, and medicine as well as history. In their coursework, and also in their own research, History students at Stevens develop critical analytical skills, individual research skills, contribute to research activities as part of a working team, and facilitate cooperation among the members of the team resulting in a successful research project.

Most important, students learn to become professionals and colleagues in a community of inquiry that maintains a lifelong investment in history and in the pursuit of learning -- about themselves and their place in the world around them.

History majors can, at Stevens, pursue a double-major or double-degree in one of the science or engineering disciplines. Such a combination is ideal for leaders who wish to combine a world-class scientific education with sensitivity to the humanistic implications of their work.

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A HISTORY DEGREE

Majoring in History affords the development of skills leading to a wide variety of jobs, such as: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, campaign worker, consultant, congressional aide, editor, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, legal assistant, lobbyist, personnel manager, public relations staffer, researcher, teacher . . .  As the American Historical Association notes, “the list can be almost endless.” 

More generally, a degree in history enables you to become an educator, a researcher, a communicator or editor, an information manager, a public advocate, or an entrepreneur – in short, any career that requires a strong background in reading and writing, a sharp and critical analytical eye, and the ability to reconcile multiple perspectives on complex issues.

OUR FACULTY

Our History department embodies a community of scholars, teachers, and students committed to historical inquiry at the highest levels. As a History department within a technological institute, we are proud of our expertise in the history of science and technology and our insight into the scientific and/or technical dimensions of the historical topics our faculty explore in other areas of their research. The History department is fully engaged with our local communities on campus, in Hoboken, and in the greater New York area – as well as with citizens and other professional historians nationally and internationally. It welcomes fellow travelers.

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SIGNATURE COURSES

  • History of Science and Technology
  • Technology in American Society
  • Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution
  • Science, Faith and the American Imagination

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