History

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The study of history goes far beyond memorizing places and dates. A true look at history is a way of understanding how people and societies change over time. It stresses analysis and investigation and gives timeless insight into the human condition. By enrolling in our History program, you’ll better understand human nature and learn to think historically.

Careers: Historian, Lawyer, Politician, Education, Business Management

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STUDY THE PAST TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT AND BUILD THE FUTURE

In the words of Cicero, “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.” In our History program, you’ll acquire knowledge that will deepen your understanding of the world we live in. Because the program is built upon our Liberal Arts core, you’ll unlock the treasures of the past to gain a deeper understanding of our shared human nature and society at large.

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Skills you will gain with

A History degree

  1. Critical thinking —You’ll learn to study your sources with a critical eye and refine your skills in investigative analysis and understanding.
  2. Retention and expression — You’ll hone your abilities to read accurately and well, organize your thoughts and research and express yourself clearly in speech and writing.
  3. Cultivate a historical sense — By learning to think historically, you’ll free yourself from the presuppositions of our era and learn empathy for other peoples and places.
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HISTORY DEPARTMENT

Paul Baxa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Paul BaxaEducation: B.A., History, York University; M.A., History, University of Toronto; Ph.D., History, University of Toronto
Office: Henkels 2019
Email: paul.baxa@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1661

Mary Blanchard, D.Phil.

Assistant Professor of History

Mary BlanchardEducation: B.A., History, Ave Maria University; M.A., Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University; D.Phil, History, University of Oxford
Office: Henkels 3034
Email: mary.blanchard@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1563

Michael Breidenbach, Ph.D.

Chair of the History Department, Associate Professor of History

Michael BreidenbachEducation: B.A., American Studies & History, Northwestern University; M. Phil, Political Thought & Intellectual History, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., History, University of Cambridge
Office: Henkels 2014A
Email: michael.breidenbach@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1570
Website: https://www.michaelbreidenbach.com

Daniel Davy, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, DEAN OF FACULTY

Daniel DavyEducation: B.A., History, Ave Maria University; M.Sc. (honors), History, University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., History, University of Otago, New Zealand
Office: Henkels 2056
Email: daniel.davy@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 304-7127

In addition to the core curriculum, history majors take the following courses

Required Courses for the Major

  • HIST 100 Freshman Seminar
  • HIST 201 The Formation of Europe, c. 800-1648
  • HIST 202 Imagining Modern Europe, 1648-Present
  • HIST 208 History of the United States from the Colonial Era to Reconstruction or HIST 209 History of the United States from Reconstruction to the Present
  • HIST 490 History Seminar/HIST 495 Honors Thesis
  • Nine Major Courses (five required, four electives)
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Any job needs people who can think, analyze, write and be persuasive, and those are the skills history majors learn in addition to acquiring historical knowledge and understanding about the world they live in. The American Historical Association details the careers that historians should consider.

Required Courses

  • HIST 100 Freshman Seminar
  • 4 History Electives (16 credits)

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With AMU’s core curriculum, you’ll not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. You’ll encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts, including theology and natural science.

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