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Dr. Leslie L. Liedel
Department Chair
Email: liedel@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2334


Department of History



Overview

With the increasing awareness of globalization and the inter-relationship of countries and cultures, knowledge of history is perhaps more vital than at any time in the past. History engenders an understanding of today's economic, social, political and even environmental problems. Knowledge of history, long viewed as a hallmark of a well-educated person, helps you to understand current global issues and to think systematically about national and global problems.


Why choose Wheeling Jesuit University?

At Wheeling Jesuit, the study of history is vital if you want to succeed in today's world. Our graduates are highly regarded in both academic and business circles as well-educated, highly organized, systematic thinkers who can use their knowledge to help solve national and global challenges. Our program emphasizes research and analysis, accomplished by significant amounts of reading and writing and aided by the most up-to-date electronic resources.

A degree in history requires 33 credits beyond our core curriculum. It's easily combined with other majors, such as political science, international studies, English or modern languages. You also have the flexibility to focus your studies in particular fields of interest, including concentrations in American history and European history, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations in medieval and American studies. The faculty assists students in finding relevant internships with course credit at area organizations such as the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the Cockayne Farmstead and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace. With such diverse academic opportunities available, you'll be able to present an impressive educational portfolio to potential employers or graduate schools.

If you're interested in teaching, our history and professional education faculty work collaboratively to ensure that you're able to complete your degree in a timely manner and pursue teaching certification in social studies.

Our students are active outside of the classroom. The history department sponsors local, regional, national and international trips. Our students have traveled to destinations such as New York City, Washington, D.C., Ireland and Germany. If you maintain a high grade point average as a History major, you may be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. And, there's the Wheeling Jesuit History Club, a very active organization on campus, which regularly sponsors a variety of activities, including an annual jeopardy Night at the RATT, our on-campus pub.



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