Why Our Students Major in History

Student Perspective

Chris Dunn, Class of 2013



As a History major and Art History minor, Chris Dunn '13, had the experience of a lifetime as one of his historical studies courses culminated with a class-wide trip to the Harvard Hellenic Center in Greece. 

"My experience was one of incredible exploration. To start out in the classroom reading books about ancient Greece and attempting to understand in a more theoretical sense that history and then to be able to go see firsthand the life of which you are studying, is truly an invaluable transition." 


Dunn took his history degree and turned it into a job with the College as an Admissions Counselor. Currently he works at Bryn Athn College as an Annual Giving Officer in their Institutional Advancement Department. 

"Everything that happened in history was preparing me in some capacity, be it through understanding, experiences abroad, building relationships , collaboration with others. The foundation built by my degree builds upon the same qualities employers find valuable and you can't find that in a lot of majors." 


The study of history itself is paramount for understanding how the world works and how our own lives are affected each and every day. As a history major and graduate of Chestnut Hill, your classroom study will be paired with incomparable real-world experiences both in and around the College. Through courses that go beyond just a traditional study of the past, CHC students leave as problem solvers, prepared to change the world through their knowledge and critical thinking skills. To their benefit is a liberal arts education that in history bears vital importance as it gives students a well-rounded background for understanding the past and impacting the future.


So WHY choose History at Chestnut Hill College?


Because Our Students and their Suggestions Matter


When it comes to the size of the history program at CHC, there is nothing but advantages. The faculty, who all have various historical backgrounds, develop one-on-one relationships with students. They are constantly available to help students and to guide them when necessary. Perhaps most important though is that the faculty actively listens. Within the history department especially, students have contributed to current course offerings all just through voicing their opinions and the faculty taking them seriously.


Because the Job Possibilities are Endless


If you think a history degree pigeonholes you to a career within the field, think again. Among the skills history majors develop are critical thinking, research backgrounds, flexibility, persuasive techniques and the ability to effectively collaborate with others, all of which employers of any company look for in a prospective candidate. Additionally, CHC provides a liberal arts degree which allows history to be blended seamlessly with issues of social justice, globalization, education and sociology among others, further enhancing one’s resume to work in a variety of fields.


Because Exploration is waiting Just a Few Miles Away


Chestnut Hill College has the unique advantage of a prime location sandwiched in between two cities with rich historical traditions. Beyond the walls of the College is Chestnut Hill, the town. A quaint and beautiful locale, Chestnut Hill has retained much of its 19th century fixtures including the cobblestone streets and the noted trolley tracks from when the city was known as the “streetcar suburb” of Center City. Because the College is nestled so closely, there is a course held once a year that explores the history of Chestnut Hill quite literally, with walking tours complementing the in-classroom study.


Just a 15-20 minute bus or train ride away, is of course, the metropolis of Philadelphia. Teeming with history around every bend, studying within reach of the city where the Declaration and Constitution were both signed, provides students with a chance for exploring America’s beginnings through the place where it all began. It adds a practical dimension to classroom study, allowing students to experience firsthand, a taste of what it was like in colonial times.