Old Science Hall

Department of History

Bloomsburg University's Department of History is dedicated to honing students' intellectual skills and fostering their love of learning, while providing a solid grounding in American, European and world history. Students often present their research at honors conferences; several student research papers have won prizes and several more have been published. The history faculty is composed of dedicated working scholars who make teaching their first professional priority.

The faculty collectively have produced a long list of important books, research articles and conference presentations. They daily bring this professional experience and expertise into the classroom, where it's integrated into teaching. The department works constantly to improve service for students, evident, for instance, in the accessibility of faculty, the variety of internship opportunities available to students and the quality of student advisement.

Students begin their education in history with a carefully planned series of introductory courses that provide a fundamental survey-level knowledge of the history of the United States, as well as world and regional history. They then go on to upper-level seminar courses where they develop a deeper level of knowledge and enhance their ability to work accurately and critically with secondary sources and with primary source documents. Upper-level courses place heavy emphasis on writing, oral presentation and research skills. They also foster use of technology that facilitate historical research and analysis.

These include detailed study of United States history and western civilization, historiography and historical methods, research and writing skills, then options in Asian civilization, modern China and Japan, Latin America, and five courses relating to African history. History majors then work with their adviser to take five upper-division history specialization courses.

History graduates pursue a wide variety of careers, such as law, law enforcement, public history, public administration and education. Graduates are also teaching in primary and secondary schools across the country. Many students have pursued graduate school in history and several have gone on to careers as university professors. Others have distinguished themselves in the business and corporate worlds, in industries ranging from insurance to high-technology information services.

Minor in History

The history minor program provides at least one directed exercise in independent historical research; a minimal background in those courses at the 100 level that are required of history majors; flexibility in framing a minor pertinent to the student's academic interest; and at least one course at an advanced level.

Department of History

Department Chairperson
  Jennifer Oast | joast@bloomu.edu
Department Secretary
  Rosemary Huber | rhuber@bloomu.edu

Department of History
104 Old Science Hall
Fax: 570-389-4946


Student Spotlight: Adam Woerner

Andrew Woerner

Andrew, a senior history and education major from Pen Argyl, chose to be a history major because history has always been fun for him learn about. He's had some teachers during high school, as well as professors in college, who inspired him to teach history. His goal is to find creative ways to teach history in the classroom and spark interest in the subject for his future students.


Student Spotlight: Laura Comstock

Laura Comstock

Laura, a senior history and Arabic major from Throop, chose to be a history major because of her long desire to become an Egyptologist as a child. She enjoyed sitting for hours and reading volumes upon volumes of history books at Border’s Bookstores and spent much of her childhood in museums. History as a discipline is extremely diverse and touches upon all forms of human achievement across time.