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History at Viterbo

The study of history provides access to the whole world—past and present. History students will gain an understanding of this past in hopes to understand cultures and civilizations. History also explores the nature of change. It is an exciting journey that teaches widely applicable, transferable, and marketable skills.

Viterbo history faculty are committed to working with students, guiding them to discover the wonders of the past, developing critical thinking and communication skills through a wide variety of courses. Unlike many schools, Viterbo history classes are organized around themes rather than geographic boundaries, allowing students to explore connections across time, place, and culture. Through one-on-one mentorship, faculty actively engage students with primary sources and interactive research methods. This journey provides essential skills for the modern workplace which demands critical thinking skills, adaptive learning, and the ability to research ideas from multiple perspectives.

After fall of 2018, applications are no longer being accepted for the History major. To explore other options at Viterbo please visit the lists of Majors and Minors. 


Program Highlights

  • Active history club
  • Integrative technology and digital research opportunities
  • Promotes a global perspective in all courses
  • Small class sizes that facilitate close interactions with faculty
  • Theme-based curriculum that engages students in their learning
  • Travel/research opportunities


Student Spotlight

 “The faculty within the history department are like my family away from home; they get to know me both personally and academically. The history department faculty provides future educators, such as myself, with excellent role models and mentors."  

Megan Gerou
History major

Career Examples

  • Archivist
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • Post-secondary school teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Public relations specialist
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Writer

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy
  • Montana State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • San Diego State University
  • Tomah School District
  • United States Military
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire