Bro. Toney Bade, farm manager


SJC History courses enlarge the student's intellectual horizon by an ordered, meaningful, and up to-date inquiry into the past. The Department of History prepares students for graduate studies, entry into law school, and teaching in secondary schools, as well as provides a broad cultural basis for a later career in various fields of business or the arts.

(Left) Bro. Toney Bade, SJC Farm Manager, 1911-1936



BA in History (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Secondary education certification is available


Why History?

  • 1A degree in History will provide you with a number of marketable skills, including the ability to read, research, and write effectively. As a result, History majors are some of the most sought-after individuals by businesses.
  • 2Understanding the past is integral to interpreting the present and determining the future. According to philosopher George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. If anything holds the key to understanding warfare, famine, and social crises, it's the analysis and understanding of history.”
  • 3According to The Princeton Review, “History deals with actual people and factual events. Everything has a history - nations, wars, ethnic groups, sexuality, jazz, gambling, postage stamps, you name it. One real plus about majoring in History is that you can stay engrossed in the subject matter long after you graduate.”

Careers in History

  • Anthropologist
  • Attorney
  • Curator
  • Diplomat/Foreign ServiceOfficer/Specialist
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Teacher 
  • Writer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Ball State University
  • Indiana University
  • William & Mary
  • Indiana State University

Why Study History at Saint Joseph's College?


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

Hands-on Experience

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

Dedication to Excellence

The Department of History claims some of our most academically inclined students, many graduating in the top 10% of their class. The Department of History has placed more people in the Washington Center than any other department. SJC is known for helping graduates find jobs almost immediately after graduation, and History majors are not an exception. Many of our recent graduates have already found success, such as:

  • Eric Hall, Ph.D. ’04 is an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Southern University
  • Jill Van Gessel ’11, Kathi Corwin ’12, and Mary Delach ’12 are pursuing their Master of Arts in Historic Preservation at Ball State University

Faculty and Class Size

The History faculty at SJC consists of professors who hold master's or doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise and who have traveled all over the globe, including Peru, Costa Rica, Africa, India, Egypt, England, Jordan, Syria, and Vietnam. The SJC Department of History is also fortunate to have Dr. Ilicia Sprey, one of 280,000 Fulbright Scholars in the world, on staff. History classes at SJC range between 12 and 25 students.


Saint Joseph's College First to Welcome Historic Exhibit

Dr. Ken Hall Kollam Plates Exhibit

Ozana Paraga '16

Ozana Paraga '16

Major: History
Minors: Spanish and Education

"I heard about SJC from a college fair, and I continued to hear only great things about the College.  A small, close-knit community is something that I value, which was a strong factor in my decision to attend."

Explore the Core
  • 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.

  • Images of Students

    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.