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Learn how to ask probing questions, problem solve, manage information, draw conclusions, and communicate your ideas.

Ever been on a road trip, get to your destination, and realize the journey was the most exciting and rewarding part? Studying history can be like that. Arriving at conclusions is crucial. But getting there is often the most interesting and important part of the process.

As a history major, you’ll learn and sharpen a vast range of skills. You’ll learn how to find answers by asking the right questions. What do you want to know? Why does it matter? You’ll also develop the tools of an investigator. To solve a puzzle, you have to know how. Historical Methods shows you the way.

History majors develop strong problem-solving skills, and you will too. Beginning with a mountain of information and what seems to be a very broad topic, you’ll learn how to manage that information, separate out the treasure, and make sense of it of all. And when you do, you learn how to communicate your answers and solutions, using language with precision to share your findings and analysis.

You’ll learn about politics, economics, art, religion, science, and foreign languages. You’ll become conversant in the major areas and eras of the human experience—from ancient Rome and China; to the American, French, and Russian revolutions; to the making of the modern Middle East. You’ll learn through simulations, debates, discussions, and independent research. You learn that there are a variety of ways to learn.

  • Program Details

    Norwich history students are encouraged to pursue off-campus and experiential activities and have studied on every continent except Antarctica. CityLAB:Berlin is an exciting opportunity which allows students to spend a semester in the heart of Europe and experience the history, politics, and culture of Germany first-hand. They also serve and learn as interns for agencies such as the Vermont State Historical Society, the Army War College, the Sullivan Museum and History Center and the Smithsonian Institute.

  • Study History at CityLAB:Berlin of Norwich University

    Spend a semester or a year pursuing your passion at our dynamic, interdisciplinary CityLAB:Berlin of Norwich University. Explore the CityLAB:Berlin website to learn more.

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    To view History course offerings and a curriculum map for majors and minors, see the Norwich University academic catalog:

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  • Online Masters of Arts in History

    The perfect stepping stone in your career as a historian - Norwich's Master of Arts in History online program. In this program, hone your skills in conducting historical research, writing a thesis, and an area of study within American or World history.

    Pursue your Masters of Arts in History

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Meet Our History Faculty

  • Christine McCann

    Christine McCann

    “History is endlessly fascinating.  To try to understand people who lived a long time ago, and who thought about the world in ways very different from us, is a great challenge and privilege.” Read More
  • Steven E. Sodergren

    Steven E. Sodergren

    “History is full of great stories, and in my classes students get to share their own stories about the past while learning about those people and events that have made us who we are.” Read More
  • Rowland M. Brucken

    Rowland M. Brucken

    “Baseball has such rich history. I couldn’t imagine teaching a course on the history of football that brings in so many cultural, economic, foreign policy, political, race, class, and gender aspects as baseball does.” Read More
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  • Members of Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets in their green camouflage uniforms crowd around a U.S. Army recruiter’s table at a March 2017 career fair on the Norwich, Vermont, campus.

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    Army recruiter lauded for helping tuition break come to fruition

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Rick Badem, chief of the Army’s Barre Recruiting Station, receives Army Commendation Medal for his work The message from James Montgomery Flagg’s famous recruiting poster is 103 years old, but still applies for young people — yes, Uncle Sam wants you for the U.S. Army. And if Read More
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    The wheels on the vans go ’round and ’round, for internships bound

    Vermont Labor Department grant-funded Career Cab program gets student interns to job sites Thanks to a Vermont Labor Department grant and Career and Internship Center Assistant Director Jim Graves’ efforts, internship-bound students at Norwich will have a ticket to ride. Read More
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