History Happening on Campus in the 1960s

Understanding humanity's recorded experience gives students the information and perspective they need in order to be able to think in an orderly way about the world: its economics, politics, cultures, legal systems, and religions. History also provides students with a context for better understanding and enjoying literature, music, and the arts, all of which are in part reflections of the times in which they were produced.

Equally important are the skills in research and writing developed in the course of historical study. These skills are readily transferable to everyday life, future scholarship, and a career. The quality performance of history majors in law, business, education, government, journalism, television and radio, and the arts has long been recognized. A major in history is a good preparation for graduate study in history or other humanities. 

If you'd like to learn more about our History program, let us know!


Bachelor of Arts in History

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus



What we know of today as the glass and concrete hub of American urban life wasn't always that way. This class examines the changes in the history of the American city from colonial origins to its industrial-urban expression in the early 1900s to the postindustrial-global city of today. This class will focus specifically on the changing definitions of public space, community, municipal politics and economics. Additional study will focus on cultural diversity and immigration, city culture, urban architecture, suburbanization, and domestic life.


An examination of classical and modern utopian visions and movements in the context of U.S., European, and non-Western history. Utopia can be defined as an imaginative construction of a whole society. Can utopia be theorized as a vision of the future, or a record of the past? Are all utopias politically progressive? The course makes use of historical texts, films, and literature.


The course draws on the methods and materials of history, women’s studies, and cultural critique to introduce students to the fields of girl studies and third wave feminist theory. Using a framework that emphasizes the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality in cultures, theories, and activism that girls and women create and navigate, students gain a deeper understanding of the formation of girl cultures from a theoretical and empirical perspective. Girlhood does not simply reflect society; it foreshadows new social and cultural practices, temporary as they may be, in a prophetic and annunciatory way. 

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website. 

A major in history is the perfect preparation for graduate study in history or other humanities. The history major program can be combined with virtually any minor program at Carlow University. 

Graduates from Carlow with a degree in history will:

  • Exhibit in-depth knowledge in a specialty area coupled with a broad familiarity with other histories, Western and/or non-Western, and a solid foundation in methodology;
  • Produce scholarship sensitized to the issues of class, race, gender, and sexual orientation, manifestly utilizing cross-cultural and transnational perspectives, leadership issues, and peace and justice considerations;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with current concerns and debates within historiography; the social and cultural significance of these debates;
  • Show knowledge and versatility adequate for entrance to and successful completion of an MA and/or PhD program in history or another superior degree in other related graduate programs, or to pursue a career in journalism, the media, or the arts upon graduation.