History Department

SJC’s Department of History claims some of our most academically inclined students, many of whom graduate in the top 10% of their class. The department also holds the College’s only Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ilicia Sprey. The Department of History strives to prepare students for graduate studies, entry into law school, teaching in secondary schools, and careers in various fields of business or the arts.

The Department of History offers a BA in History and courses in United States, European, and several non-Western histories, as well as courses that teach and utilize the basic skills of historical research.

Resources and Downloads

 Saint Joseph's College First to Welcome Historic Exhibit

Dr. Ken Hall Kollam Plates Exhibit 


  • “Gunpowder, Pirates, Monks, and Books: Maritime Trade on the Vietnam Coastline, c. 1400-1800” in Ports as Gateways in the Indian Ocean, University of Hyderabad conference proceedings
  • “Teaching Students About the Past: The French School of Far East and Archeology in Colonial Era Indochina: A Case Study” for the International Council of Francophone Studies
  • “East Meets West: Contemporary Classroom Challenges in Teaching Cambodian History in World History Courses” in the Journal of World History.
  • Review of “Daily Life in the Mongol Empire” by George Lane for Sixteenth Century Journal (2010).


  • “The École Française d’Extrême-Orient and the Colonial  Era Archaeology of Indochina and How Cambodian Cultural Heritage Impacted Imperialist France: A Case  Study Teaching Students How the Past influences the Present, of How the Center Influences the Periphery” at the World History Association and University of Pannasastra Joint Symposium to be held in Siem Riep, Cambodia
  • “The Khmer, the École française d’Extrême-Orient, and the Impact of the Colonial Era Archaeology of Indochina” at the World History Association Annual Conference in Beijing, China

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

The History faculty members at SJC encourage all of their students to participate in internships with high profile businesses. Opportunities for internships through SJC currently exist with the Washington Center, United States Supreme Court, Washington Museum in Washington, DC, and Lake County Parks in Crown Point, Ind.


“Core 7 Takes Students on a Journey through Ethiopia”: Dr. Susan Chattin takes seven SJC students to Ethiopia to earn Core 7 credits and discover respect for the diversity of human beings

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Kenneth R. Hall from the Dept. of History at Ball State University presenting new research on early history of Indian Ocean on December 3. SJC is first in the US to have the international exhibit of this important new researchon Indian Ocean maritime trade in the 9th century.  Download exhibit handout.

Department Majors and Minors

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  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.