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Overview of Program

History at Hood is the challenging and exciting study of the human past in all its dimensions. For students who enjoy visiting historic sites, exploring museums, reading historical novels or re-enacting past time periods, the history major, one of the most popular majors at Hood, allows them to develop that interest and learn to apply it in a career. Students who study history acquire valuable lifelong skills in research, writing and critical thinking. In thought-provoking seminars and small, discussion-based classes, students study royalty, revolutionaries, African-American culture, medieval women, the Crusades, recent developments in the Middle East or the relationship between war and society. Students work closely with faculty members who spe- cialize in ancient history, medieval Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, modern America, African-American history, women's history and Asia. In the department's special proseminar, "Research and Writing in History," students create their own semester-long project working with original documents and archives to write an original history. Our students have produced many creative unique histories. For example one student wrote about her ancestor who fought in the Civil War; another used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents about the loss of a submarine in the 1960s; a third debunked myths about an early 20th century factory explosion in her hometown. In this course, history students find themselves turning into true historians.

Prepare for a Career

All history majors at Hood acquire an excellent liberal arts education, consisting of a broad knowledge base and skill set that prepare them for a wide variety of business, government and nonprofit careers in tomor- row's fast-changing world. In addition, there are three optional tracks that interested history majors can choose for more specialized career preparation:

Public History: A concentration that prepares students for careers in museum work, state and national parks, historical sites, historic preserva- tion, public and private archives, and government agencies that employ historians; or for graduate school in the field of public history. Hood's public history courses are taught by professionals working in the field.

Secondary Education: A certification program for students who plan to teach history or social studies in middle or high school. Hood's his- tory and education departments work together to ensure that students complete all necessary requirements, including a teaching practicum, to be certified to teach in the state of Maryland (with reciprocity in many other states).

Pre-Law: A track that prepares students for law school, combining the most relevant options in the history major with additional coursework in logic, political thought and writing.

Take Exciting Courses

In addition to chronological and regional history courses, the History Department offers an array of unique topical courses. Some of these are:

  • The History of Intelligence and Espionage
  • Introduction to Public History
  • War and Society
  • From Celts to Vikings
  • Revolutions and Revolutionaries
  • Global Perspectives on Women, Power, and Politics
  • The Irish Experience

Complete a Fascinating Internship

Hood's location—near Civil War battlefields, the nation's capital, the capital of Maryland and the county seat of Frederick County—provides an area rich in historical sites and internship opportunities. Locations where Hood history students have interned recently include:

  • Baltimore County Historical Society
  • Fort McHenry
  • Frederick County Landmarks Foundation
  • Hampton National Historic Site
  • Harper's Ferry National Park
  • Historical Society of Frederick County
  • Hood College Archives
  • Maryland State Archives
  • Monocacy Battlefield National Park
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  • National Park Service
  • Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
  • The Maryland Room, Frederick County Public Libraries
  • Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
  • Yellowstone National Park

Win Honors for Your Achievements

Hood's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national collegiate honor soci- ety for history students, chooses new student members each year accord- ing their record in history courses. Phi Alpha Theta holds an annual regional conference at which Hood students can present their research papers, compete for prizes and network with other young historians.

The department also awards prizes to outstanding history students at the spring Honors Convocation and invites qualified students to write a departmental honors paper.

Use Your Degree after Graduation

One Hood history graduate founded and runs an archaeological firm in Baltimore specializing in heritage archaeology and archival research, while another is assistant director for education and pub- lic programs at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore;

  • A Hood history alum is an attorney specializing in historic preser- vation and has been hired to help rescue historic buildings dam- aged by Hurricane Katrina and by California earthquakes. Another attorney who was a Hood history major is chief of staff at the National Security Agency;
  • A 2006 history alum is historical conservator at the Wilson History & Research Center in Little Rock, Ark.;
  • A 2007 history graduate is a manager at the National Geographic Society;
  • A 2011 history alum is a museum aide for the National Park Service;
  • A 2012 history grad is an archival digitization specialist at; and
  • A 2007 history alum works for the Department of Homeland Security. Many of our history alumni are museum and archive specialists, teachers, librarians, entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also employ their skills in such diverse fields as finance, education administration, human resources, sports education and administration town planning and media.

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