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"The professors are always there to help, which is an important part of anyone's learning. My professors always went above and beyond, and they made themselves available to me. This was key to my successes at MCLA." Corbin Apkin '13

History at MCLA

Student and professor at commencement

In our programs, you can work with dedicated faculty, choose from a wide variety of courses, learn in small classes, and pursue special experiences outside the classroom such as internships, travel courses, and undergraduate research.

You will leave MCLA with assets employers are looking for: the ability to find information, think clearly, and analyze ideas and evidence.

Perhaps most importantly, you will learn to communicate clearly in both speech and writing. 

Why MCLA is Different

You may choose a Major or Minor in History; many of our students combine their study of history with a major or minor in Political Science and Public Policy.

Professors offer travel courses every year, usually to Asia (the Great Wall of China is pictured below) and Europe, that enrich your education with personal experiences overseas. In addition, you can benefit from the rich historical resources found in the North Adams area, including the many nearby museums and institutions that offer internships, research opportunities, and volunteer or paid positions.

Within the MCLA community, you will have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in the History Society and the MCLA chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Your degree in History prepares you for a wide variety of careers and graduate school possibilities. Many of our majors choose to teach, but others enter fields such as business, public service, and law.


Students and faculty at Great Wall of China

Requirements (pg. 65)



Student Learning Outcomes of
Academic Programs

Internships & Careers

Japan Travel Course 2014

Civil Rights Travel Course 2014

Becoming a Teacher

Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honors Society

Dr. Ely Janis, Department Chair
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