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College of Liberal Arts



The Department of History is one of Kean University's oldest and most productive programs of study and has been part of the instructional component of the institution since its inception in 1855.

The Mission of the Department of History, in support of the Missions of Kean University, the Division of Academic Affairs, and the College of Liberal Arts, develops emerging scholars capable of thinking critically, communicating across cultures, researching, analyzing, writing and reasoning within the perspective of historical literacy and done within a global context: skills in high demand to employers in a wide range of disciplines.

Every student will meet basic standards which include insights into cultures and problems of civilizations; the whole and the interaction of the parts; an understanding of human groupings-countries, religions, civilizations-which have generated the emotions, symbols and values of contemporary life;and a working knowledge of complex causes of the rise and fall of societies as well as the underlying realities of leadership, social class and power.

History graduates will be capable of producing quality research, and as teacher/scholars encourage and inspire tolerance and mutual understanding as responsible and responsive members of a civic community.

The BA program in history is intellectually rigorous. It requires a considerable amount of reading, writing, and research. It is designed to give you a wide ranging knowledge of the human past as well as the practical and philosophical skills of a scholar. You will learn to work with primary and secondary sources and to analyses them critically. We also expect you to become part of the life of the department. This means meeting regularly with your professors and advisor and attending student workshops and special events. In the end this will result in your learning to think and behave like an historian.

Effective Fall 2017 the Minor in Art History will move to the History Department.

Kean University also offers track options for a B.A. in History

  • Teacher Certificate Option
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities 
  • K-12 Option 

Learn more about the Department of History, including course offerings, program options and faculty by clicking here.

For a complete list of course descriptions and degree requirements, click here.

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