Why Study History?

    If you want to change the world, you need to understand how the world came to be—the people, moments, and movements that brought us to now. Studying history unlocks a skill set prized across a variety of careers—critical thinking, research, writing, and argumentation—and gives you the means to use the past to influence a more positive future.

    Why Study History at MMC?

    At MMC we ask you to make history your own. Core courses teach you how to “do” history; from there you customize your study. One History student might investigate gender in Medieval Europe, another may focus on film history and African American culture, and a third might specialize in urban or consumer history.

    Supported by core faculty in History and historical experts across the College, it is the history of stuff you care about.

    What You Will Learn

    Our core courses make you a historical detective—you’ll learn how to find and analyze evidence, persuasively write about and argue your findings, and in the process, hone your critical thinking skills.

    Armed with research savvy, you’ll then customize your studies by choosing the areas of history you want to focus on. Your coursework will help you establish an understanding of societies in different time frames and from diverse perspectives, providing insight to our world today.

    Of course, your historical investigations will not be limited to the classroom—internships and independent studies offer you more opportunities to connect your research with the world, preparing for careers where historical knowledge helps make for societal change.

    Program Highlights

    Matthew Grote at internship

    History majors have interned at the Center for Migration Studies, Asia Society, New York Historical Society, Center for HIV/AIDS, the United Nations, NY State Unified Court System, congressional offices, and NYC councilors. 

    Lauren Brown's NYC Seminar: Parks and Recreation
    Many history courses provide learning by practice or by place. Walking tours of Greenwich Village, Coney Island, Central Park, or the World Trade Center site ask students to investigate the history around us. 
    Alanah Rafferty Alanah Rafferty
    Study abroad opportunities are not only possible but encouraged—faculty will work with you to find a program that supports your historical studies. 

    Careers and Outcomes

    With training in critical thinking, research, and writing, History students are prepared for a wide variety of careers. While teaching, public history (museum curators, librarians, archivists), and political or legal paths are common, your path is solely defined by your interests.

    Recent graduates can be found working at the Bronx Defenders, GrowNYC, PRIDE Health Research Consortium, and the University of San Francisco, as well as teaching at a variety of educational institutions, and as program participants in Teach for America and AmeriCorps. Other graduates pursue advanced degrees—JDs, MAs, and PhDs in fields of their choosing.

    Catching up with Sarah Insalaco ’16 

    Since graduation, Sarah Insalaco has been preserving history as an AmeriCorps member, first in Duluth, Minnesota and then Clarksburg, West Virginia. With the mission “to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering,” AmeriCorps volunteers are selected and paid to serve across the nation in all sorts of community service projects.

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