Program

120

Total Credits

40

Total Classes

On Ground

Format

History, Social Studies, and Social Science students at Siena Heights experience a variety of classroom and extracurricular learning opportunities. Class size is typically 15-20 students, enabling students to develop effective discussion skills. Students learn from video- and web-based presentations as well as instructor lectures, classroom activities and other learning adventures.

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“I believe that studying the past can inspire goals for the future. Stories of activism and perseverance may serve as models for future leaders. History is an exploration that assists not only in comprehending the past but also in sharpening tools to critically analyze the current world.”

Dr. Julieanna Frost

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Julieanna Frost

Learn what the Siena Effect can do for you.

History, Social Studies, and Social Science students at Siena Heights experience a variety of classroom and extracurricular learning opportunities. Class size is typically 15-20 students, enabling students to develop effective discussion skills. Students learn from video- and web-based presentations as well as instructor lectures, classroom activities and other learning adventures.

The study of History and the Social Sciences is the study of people and ideas, of events shaped by them and shaping them, and of concurrent conflicts and movements. These two majors are interchangeable, with History using tools from the Social Sciences to examine and interpret the meaning and significance of events, ideas, and movements, and Social Sciences using Historical Cases for political, economic, or geographic analysis in Political Science, Economics, or Geography courses.

The study of History and the Social Sciences is also a way of learning how to see issues from different points of view, how to evaluate situations and solve problems from the past and in the present. History is both stories and their analysis to better explain our past and present. Social Studies Education students choose classes from both History and the Social Sciences along with classes from the Education program.


Elizabeth LaFray
Assistant Professor of History; Program Coordinator
elafray@sienaheights.edu
517-264-7677

History and Social Science are research-based studies using transferable skills for living and working and building the future. To complete either a History or Social Science major, students present a senior research project demonstrating both research and content proficiency.


  • An interdisciplinary approach to the study of history, social studies and social science
  • Diachronic and thematic teaching approaches by professors with a wide breadth of knowledge
  • Faculty mentors who work closely with students to reach their career goals

History and the Social Sciences are general degrees emphasizing transferable skills as well as specific curriculum content. The student with a major or minor in History or the Social Sciences is prepared for a broad array of career options as well as having the transitioning skills necessary for success in our rapidly changing 21st century world.

Typical careers chosen by History and Social Science graduates include:

  • Archaeologist
  • Civil Service (including National Park Service)
  • Foreign Service
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Political Leader
  • Public Historian (museums, historical theme parks, local history projects)
  • Teacher

Mu Lambda is the History/Social Science/Social Studies Education local Honor Society which recognizes both academic accomplishment and significant involvement in a wide range of community endeavors. Students who meet honors criteria can be nominated to pledge membership status upon completion of 24 semester hours of SHU coursework. Full membership status is reserved for graduating seniors who meet the criteria.

The Teacher Education Association for Community Help (T.E.A.C.H.) is an organization dedicated to reach out and help learners of the community who are in need, by providing supplies, support, and resources to enhance one’s education.


Course Requirements for Certificate: 12 semester hours
Required courses
ENG 435  Visual Culture: 3
HIS 220  Museum Studies & Collections: 3
HIS 480  Internship: 3
MKT 320  Marketing the Arts: 3

Elective Courses: Choose one (1) of the following: 3 semester hours
ARH 330  American Art History
ARH 445  History of Photography
ART 147  Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 348  Publication Design
HIS 211  U.S. History
SOC 113  Cultural Anthropology

Total for Certificate: 15 semester hours


Costs & Aid

We know that college can be expensive, but we don’t want cost to keep you from attending Siena Heights University! We offer numerous financial aid opportunities. Federal aid is available to students who qualify by completing the FAFSA. Feel free to contact us with questions about financial aid opportunities, or click on one of the links below.