History Department

History Department

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. 

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.

Programs:

The Department of History offers two major programs--History and International Studies--that provide students with a foundation for successful careers that require sound knowledge of the past, present, and possible future of the nation and world.

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. Susan Poulson recently published a new book on the history of women's suffrage in the United States.
  • 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 Beijing, China.
  • Dr. David Dzurec is the most recent history department faculty member to receive a Fulbright grant. As part of his grant Dr. Dzurec taught American history and politics at Trnava University in the Slovak Republic.

David J. Dzurec

David J. Dzurec

Chair

Chair and Professor

B.A., Fairfield University
M.A., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Sean Brennan

Sean Brennan

Associate Professor

B.A., Rockhurst University
M.A., Villanova University
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Roy P. Domenico

Roy P. Domenico

Professor

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., University of Connecticut
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Josephine M. Dunn

Josephine M. Dunn

Professor

B.A., B.F.A., University of Houston
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Shuhua Fan

Shuhua Fan

Professor

B.A., Sichuan Normal University
M.A. Jilin University
M.A., Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christopher Gillett

Christopher Gillett

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Brown University

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Aiala Levy

Aiala Levy

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Susan Poulson

Susan Poulson

Professor

B.A., George Washington University
M.A., Ph.D., Georgetown University

Adam J. Pratt

Adam J. Pratt

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Robert W. Shaffern

Robert W. Shaffern

Professor

B.A., DePaul University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

W. Jeffrey Welsh

W. Jeffrey Welsh

Professor

Willis M. Conover

Willis M. Conover

Professor Emeritus

Ed.D., Montana State University

Michael D. DeMichele

Michael D. DeMichele

Professor Emeritus

B.S., The University of Scranton
M.A., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Francis X.J. Homer

Francis X.J. Homer

Professor Emeritus and University Historian

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Lawrence W. Kennedy

Lawrence W. Kennedy

Professor Emeritus

A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Boston College

Lee M. Penyak

Lee M. Penyak

Professor Emeritus

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.

Click here for more information on all of these options.

Student Research:

Maura Burns, Class of 2018, received the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Undergraduate Research Prize for her senior thesis, titled “Medicine in the American Revolution.” The project combined her love for medicine and her passion for history.  After graduate Maura went on to dental school.

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Independent study in Scranton’s history department is student-driven and flexible.

Adam Pratt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History

Career Outcomes:

You’ll find Scranton graduates with a history degree working in fields such as:

  • Government
  • Law
  • Education
  • Public service/Politics
  • Business
  • Medicine

The study of history is advantageous to many different careers, helping students to develop both academically and professionally. Graduates are armed with transferable 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