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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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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 , on Instagram at jcu_historydepartment and on Twitter @JCUhistory.

Please mark April 20, 2023 on your calendar as we will be holding our annual History Department Majors and Alumni Banquet. The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Jardine Room, located in the Lombardo Student Center at John Carroll University.
Along with an opportunity to celebrate our graduating seniors' accomplishments, we look forward to providing the opportunity for all of our current history majors to connect with alumni and each other. It should be a wonderful evening of recognition and networking. 
Our guest speaker is Rory, O'Neil, '06, 08G 'Director of Major Gifts at John Carroll University.
We will be presenting the following awards: 2023 Outstanding Graduating Senior,  2023 Sr. Madeline Muller, HM - Dr. Marian Morton Women Historian of Greater Cleveland  and the 2023 Kerner Scholarship Recipient(s).  

--  Official invites will be forthcoming.  --

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Dr. Maria Marsilli was highlighted by The Carroll News in it's segment "Meet the Professor."  Listen to this insightful podcast here.

The Annual History Majors and Alums Banquet will be held on April 20, 2023. Formal Invites will forthcoming to all Alums and Majors. Be sure to check your email!  Please contact with any question.




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.

Fall 2021 - Vol. 1

Spring 2022 - Vol. 2

Fall  2022 - Vol. 3

Spring 2023 - Vol. 4