The School of the Humanities offers both a major and minor in History. The History major offers students the opportunity to become familiar with the long sweep of the human past and the diversity of its cultures. History majors develop close reading skills and the ability to conduct research. Career opportunities for History majors cover a broad spectrum of professional endeavors in both the public and private sectors.


History students receive a well-rounded education, which includes familiarity with political science, geography, international studies, literature, science, and foreign languages. They take classes taught by outstanding members of the history faculty combined with multi-disciplinary courses offered by faculty in the School of the Humanities. In keeping with FDU’s commitment to global education, history courses include attention to diverse regions and cultures.

The School encourages eligible history majors to participate in the University Honors Program. Students who perform well in their history courses are eligible for induction into the FDU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society for History.


The opportunities for graduates in History cover a broad spectrum of professional endeavors. The literacy, broad knowledge, and communication skills of history majors graduating from this program over the years have enabled graduates to pursue a wide range of careers. Some history majors become history teachers or work in museums or historic sites. Many aspiring teachers enroll in FDU’s QUEST program, which permits them to earn both a B.A. degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in five years of study. Many history graduates embark on careers in law, government, or publishing. Many go on to careers in business, where their ability to write and conduct research is highly valued.


Fairleigh Dickinson University's proximity to New York City, one of the world’s economic, financial, political and cultural centers, provides students with unique opportunities to experience firsthand the excitement of the metropolitan environment. Students have taken field trips to Hyde Park, Ellis Island, and the United Nations.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend lectures, presentations and debates by many distinguished international officials. In the past, these officials have included Ambassadors from Egypt, Yugoslavia, and Jamaica, as well as leaders of political groups in Israel and the Arab-American Organization in New York.


All of the majors offered within the School of the Humanities are designed to reflect the global nature of our society. Fairleigh Dickinson University has long offered strong international programs, which capitalize on the cosmopolitan environment and diverse population in the New York metropolitan area. Majors are also encouraged to study at Fairleigh Dickinson's Wroxton Campus in Oxfordshire, England to gain greater knowledge about the history and cultures of Europe.

For any questions about the History degree or curriculum, please contact

Dr. Janet Boyd
Director, School of the Humanities
Voice: (201) 692-2263
Email: boydj@fdu.edu