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The Hood College History Department offers a wide array of fascinating courses about the human past, covering periods and subjects from the ancient world through recent American and global topics. Our faculty members enjoy working closely with students in small classes, research projects, internships, and independent study projects.

As a liberal-arts discipline, the study of history prepares students for life and work by training them in critical thinking, research, information literacy, writing, argumentation, and presentation skills. While many history students go on to work in education, museums, or other historical fields, many others find their careers in law, government, business, the media, and the nonprofit sector. Historical study is a broad, flexible training that fits a person for all sorts of roles in a rapidly changing world and workplace.

At Hood, our history students often explore historical topics not only in the classroom but also at local worksites, through internships at such locations as Frederick Historical Society, Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, the Walters Art Museum, the Monocacy Battlefield, the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, or the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.