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Department of History

The History Department employs ten full-time faculty members with a wide range of expertise in the United States, Germany, England, Latin America, Japan, Russia, and Renaissance Italy. This allows you to take a wide range of courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, and U.S. history. In our classes you’ll wrestle with interpreting primary sources, engage in discussion and debate and, most important, hone your skills in critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.

Programs of Study



History students at John Carroll develop contextually responsible and critical interpretations of the past that help us better understand the course of human experience and help to shape our future.

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Students majoring in history take 39 credit hours (thirteen 3-credit courses), of which at least 18 (six 3-credit courses) must be at the 300 or 400 level.

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Interested in history but want to enter the business or nonprofit management world after graduation? The Department of History has a five-year B.A. / M.B.A. program.

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History students at John Carroll develop contextually responsible and critical interpretations of the past that help us better understand the course of human experience and help to shape our future.

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It’s easy and helpful to minor in history. The skills you’ll learn in these courses — analytical writing, critical reading, and public speaking, — are important for success in nearly any field.

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Department Highlights

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The History Major is structured to allow students to pursue research projects in areas of their interest. It is also manageable enough (39 credits, or 13 courses) to easily double major or minor in one or more fields. That reasonable size also makes it easy to participate in JCU’s Full-Time MBA program.

The History Department takes special care to prepare our majors for the world after John Carroll. Pretty much anything. Our graduates have gone on to pursue a dizzying diversity of careers in the law, business, education, government, community service, politics — and a lot more. The History Department at John Carroll has established a mentoring network with our graduates. We put our alumni in the law in contact with students interested in legal careers so they can help mentor them through the law school application process. Alums in business fields, many of whom have earned MBA degrees, assist students seeking entry into the business world. And alumni who have gone on to graduate school — in all kinds of fields — work with our students to allow them to put their best foot forward. If you love history but fear that majoring in it will hamper your career prospects, have no fear — our alumni have you covered. For accounts from some of these alumni, click on the Success Stories tab.

Naturally, the History Department is on social media. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @JCUhistory.

The Annual Majors and Alumni Banquet was canceled for the 2020 Academic Year due the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Department is fortunate enough to recognize twelve individuals who will be graduating from JCU this spring with History as their major.   The faculty and staff of the History Department wishes each of these amazing graduates luck and congratulates them as they move forward from JCU. 

Please view the video recognizing these seniors here:  


Additionally, the Department would like to take this opportunity to honor this year's recipients of the Fr. Kerner, S.J., Scholarship; the Vourlojianis Outstanding Senior Award; and the Sr. Madeline Mueller and Dr. Marian Morton Woman Historian of Great Cleveland Awards.  The faculty and staff would like to congratulate this year's recipients!

Please view the award announcement here:


** Please note that this event has been canceled and we are working to get it rescheduled.  We will publish a new date when it gets rescheduled.


March 24, 2020:

John Carroll University Department of History welcomes alumnus Dr. John Bodnar to discuss his forthcoming book, Divided by Terror: Patriotism in Post-9/11 America, on March 24th at 7pm in the LSC Conference Room.  Bodnar, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University at Bloomington, is an internationally recognized scholar of 20th century U.S. history and the author of 10 major scholarly books and dozens of articles that address themes ranging from American memory culture to nationalism and education.

The event is free and open to the public. The LSC Conference Room is located in the DJ Lombardo Student Center.  This lecture is co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, Military Science, Peace, Justice & Human Rights, with generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost and Academic Vice President's Office.  For more information, contact, or the JCU History Department at 216 397-4366. 


Below find the links to the latest and greatest Department Newsletter.  Find out about upcoming courses, department events, faculty and student news.    Please contact the department ( with any questions.

October 2021 - Vol. 1

March 2022 - Vol. 2

October 2022 - Vol 3