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History

Bachelor or Arts

Here, history and political science courses provide learning experiences that involve critical thinking and personal decision making. For example:

  • You are a Puritan colonist in Massachusetts Bay in the 17th century. Can you prove you are not a witch?
  • You are participating in the French Revolution. Do you want to kill the king?
  • You are a hippie in the US in the 1960s. Are you a feminist?

You and a team of classmates might also create a project to analyze the effects of outsourcing by investigating labor conditions in countries where your own clothes were made. You may retell the story of the U.S. Civil War through the letters of a Confederate Soldier; or the story of factory work through the diaries of a female airplane mechanic during WWII; or, maybe, the story of escaping from a Soviet prison by analyzing a documentary movie secretly made in the 1960s.

Studying

Program Details

Clarke students have the opportunity to enroll in courses in U.S. history and European history as well as the history of Modern Asia, Latin America, and courses in Modern World Politics and Constitutional Law. In Topics Courses, the department experiments with non-traditional subjects of interest and various teaching techniques. Examples include Terrorism, Harry Potter, U.S. Modern Sports, and Women’s History.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Michael Knock, Ph.D.

Michael Knock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

It is the teacher’s job to share his or her passion for the subject and to show the student why the material is worth their time.

Scott Gurman

Instructor of History

Teaching is a partnership between student and instructor.

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But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Nate Monson

Nate Monson

History '07

The skill set I received through being a history major at Clarke makes me successful today, whether I am researching, writing, understanding, or presenting.

Ashley Gloeckner

Ashley Gloeckner

History and Secondary Education '15

The professors are wonderful and very student-centered. Class sizes are small and engaging.


$59,170
Median annual wage

The median annual wage for history teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1:1
Student to faculty ratio

One-on-one instruction from Ph.D.-level faculty.

100 %
Job placement

The high placement rate of Clarke graduates attests to the quality of the history department.

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