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History Major

Historians explore the past to make sense of the present; and they are keepers of social memory. 

An important goal of the history program at Parkside is introducing you to the drama of the past. If you have an interest in law, genealogy, family vacations to Washington, D.C. or Gettysburg, or enjoy the History Channel, a history major may be right for you.  

Faculty members are nationally recognized teachers and scholars who present a variety of introductory and advanced history courses in the general areas of American, European, Asian, Middle East, and world history. 

Students who major in history are exposed to a number of time periods through such diverse courses as:

  • The United States, Origins to Reconstruction
  • The Pre-Modern Western World: Ancient and Medieval Civilizations
  • World History from Antiquity to 1450
  • Race/Ethnicity: United States of America
  • Introduction to Holocaust Studies
  • and History of Islam

Learn more about the History Department at Parkside.

Real Opportunities
As a history major you will enjoy a curriculum full of rich, historical knowledge that will enable you to become a skilled researcher, analyst, writer, and communicator. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching, research, archival work, corporate communications, public service, law, journalism, marketing, and editing to name a few.
Amazing Results
Did you know? Area employers value Parkside History Department graduates. Recent career opportunities include:
  • Heritage Museums
  • U.S. Veterans Administration
  • School Districts
  • Insurance Companies

History graduate Gina Radandt holds a rare position. She's curator of collections for three different museums in Kenosha County: the Kenosha Public Museum, the Civil War Museum, and the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. The three museum collections number more than 70,000. Up to 225,000 visitors stop by each year. 

When John Culshaw began taking classes at Parkside, he realized that he most enjoyed history. He credits the history faculty with teaching him how to write. "That's the hallmark of a liberal arts education," he said. "It's important to everything I do." Today, Culshaw is senior associate dean for administration of University Libraries at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Contact Information
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900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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