What We Do:
History is the memory of human experience. We seek to provide our students with an understanding of the significant institutions, events, trends and individuals that have shaped that experience, thus helping them to develop a better understanding of contemporary cultures and the human condition.
History provides the context with which we define our relationship with our local community, nation and the world.
Adam Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History
How We Stand Out:
As a department we stand out because we offer our students a foundation for almost any career they can imagine. Steeped in the tradition of the Jesuit ratio studiorum, we train our students not only as scholars but as citizens. Small classes and a plan of study that focuses on developing your skills as a writer, a speaker, and a critical thinker help to prepare you for wherever life takes you.
Our majors have gone on to graduate program in business, law, history, and medicine all over the world. They have received Fulbright grants, joined the Peace Corps, and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Many have gone on to become professors, lawyers, judges, corporate executives, State Department officials, and even doctors. We standout because a degree in History from the University of Scranton can take you almost anywhere.
- History Major - The student majoring in History will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the development of human society and culture through the study of the past, specifically the history of Europe (from the Renaissance through the 20th Century) and the United States.
- International Studies Major - Provides the student with broad knowledge of world affairs through a curriculum drawn in large measure from history and political science.
- History Minor
- International Studies Minor
- Art History Minor
- Music History Minor
Meet Our Faculty:
Our department’s team of experts powerfully demonstrates the love of history. Representing a broad range of experience and knowledge, professors are dedicated to their students and interact with them personally. Distinguished faculty are also committed to research, scholarship and publishing in order to advance the discipline and extend the reach of the University of Scranton’s history department. Thanks to extensive connections, our experienced faculty bring contemporary experts to speak on campus.
Whether presenting at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, leading study tours, or mentoring individual students, faculty members model both teaching and scholarship at its best. Just a few examples:
- Dr. Roy Domenico received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Catholic Historical Association. Dr. Domenico leads popular study trips to Europe every other year and colors his teaching of history with references to another passion—old movies.
- Dr. Shuhua Fan presented her paper “A Golden Decade in China: The Harvard-Yenching Institute and Yenching University (1928-1937)” at an international conference in Bejing, China.
- Dr. Dave Dzurec is the most recent history department faculty member to receive a Fulbright grant. As part of his grant Dr. Dzurec spent the Spring 2015 semester at Trnava University in the Slovak Republic.
Roy P. Domenico
Michael D. DeMichele
Josephine M. Dunn
B.A., B.F.A., University of Houston
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
David J. Dzurec III
B.A., Sichuan Normal University
M.A. Jilin University
M.A., Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lawrence W. Kennedy
Lee M. Penyak
B.A., George Washington University
M.A., Ph.D., Georgetown University
Adam J. Pratt
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Robert W. Shaffern
Willis M. Conover
Ed.D., Montana State University
Francis X.J. Homer
Professor Emeritus and University Historian
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Robert F. Hueston
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Inside the Classroom:
The Department supports the liberal arts mission of the University by giving students a historical perspective on the human condition, while, at the same time, contributing to the development of their ability to read perceptively, write cogently, and think logically. Key aspects include
- An emphasis on personal growth, professional competence, and civic responsibility
- Attention to the context in which history is written and how perceptions may change over time
- Service learning with the inspiration of local history
History and I.S. Majors have numerous opportunities to expand on their experience inside the classroom. They may
- pursue “on the job” experiences through off-campus internships where they use their knowledge and skills in work situations related to their majors.
- pursue specialized learning activities through Independent Study.
- elect to study outside the United States for a semester or a year
- take advantage of opportunities to be involved in faculty research.
Faculty-Mentored Student Research
Christine Panzitta, Class of 2015, researched how the Union government and local communities dealt with the problem of desertion during the Civil War. Her study, titled “Desertion in the Union Army, 1861-1866,” was awarded the Weinberg Memorial Library’s 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Prize. Her advisor was Visiting Assistant Professor of History Dr. Adam Pratt.
William Reddington, Class of 2013, researched the role environmental factors played in the failed American invasion of Quebec in 1775. Will’s interest in the impact of the environment on historical events grew out of an Environmental Science course that he had taken as part of the honors program. Will’s project was awarded honorable mention in the Weinberg Memorial Library’s 2012-2013 Undergraduate Research Prize. His advisor was Associate Professor of History Dr. David Dzurec.
Independent study in Scranton’s history department is student-driven and flexible.
David Dzurec, III, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
You’ll find Scranton graduates with a history degree working in fields such as:
- Public service/Politics
The study of history is advantageous to many different careers, helping students to develop both academically and professionally. Graduates are armed with transferrable skills in critical thinking, analysis and communicating. Many students choose double majors with history and another discipline, and, in the tradition of a liberal arts Jesuit education, are prepared for a vast array of occupations or advanced study. More information