History Major

History is the study of past people, places and events that help us to better understand our world today and in the future.
At Alverno you can take history beyond a textbook by exploring it firsthand – through in-depth projects, research and travel – while focusing on those areas most important to you.
That’s important because you’ll gain subject matter expertise and immediately learn how to analyze, apply and present in ways that impact positive change now and in the future.

Are you someone who wants to understand events deeply? Do the opinions and actions of others intrigue you? Can you easily connect how decisions from the past impact us, still, today? If so, you should consider a History degree.

History at Alverno: Bring the past to life through actionable, hands-on learning
It goes far beyond a dusty textbook. And there are no long-winded lectures. Instead, you’ll experience history “live” as it was meant to be studied. You’ll visit museums, touch artifacts, write and publish articles, make exhibits, lead conference presentations, create documentaries, and work in professional settings like museums, archives and libraries. And because Alverno also has partner programs all over the world, you can take your learning to China, England, Japan or Italy.

Benefit from face-time with faculty
You’ll immediately learn from professors – all of whom are PhDs – who will help you analyze and understand historical milestones from ancient times to the present. Then you’ll learn how to conduct thorough research enabling you to construct compelling arguments supported by carefully examined evidence. Essentially, you’ll be asked to produce knowledge not just passively restate it. Every step of the way, you’ll have uncommon access to your Alverno professors. They’ll pay close attention to your growth and development, identifying internship and co-curricular opportunities that fit your interests and get you closer to your career goals.

Make an impact, become the difference
You’ll be studying the histories of diverse peoples and all of your classes will give voice to women’s histories and perspectives. Alverno will provide the essential skills to be a female leader in the field. Not only will you study history and historians, but you’ll also learn about women, like you, who will inspire you every step of the way.

Internships for the historian
Your internship – every History major completes at least one – enhances everything learned in class, giving you hands-on experience as a working historian. Plus, you’ll make important career connections with local professionals. We have partnerships with more than 2,000 employers – Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio, Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, just to name a few – so you’ll have a better chance at connecting with a site that meets your career goals. And thanks to the excellent preparation and career-ready skills our students learn in class, Alverno interns are in high demand and stand out among their peers.

How you can use your degree
Thanks to the critical thinking, research and communication skills you’ll learn at Alverno, our History graduates are prepared for success. You may choose to pursue graduate school, or you may begin your career immediately, working in education, research, business, archives, or government. No matter which route you choose, you’ll be in the perfect position to lead the way.


Have questions about studying History at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Jodi Eastberg, PhDJodi Eastberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, History