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What You Learn

Study history to understand how the lessons of the past inform us today. Choose to pursue degree tracks in education and pre-law.

  • Conduct original research in our MakeHistory@Kean history lab

  • Develop analytical, research, writing and critical thinking skills needed to communicate effectively in careers

  • Create websites, podcasts, printed books and other media to share history

  • Collaborate with classmates and faculty on cutting-edge research projects and present your work at professional conferences

  • Prepare to teach the next generation the value of learning the worlds of yesterday, today and tomorrow

  • Analyze historical forces in the world today and how making meaningful change can impact the future

  • Intern at area museums, archives and government offices

You can pursue your degree at Kean Ocean in Toms River. A minor in history is also available for students who want to enhance their Kean education but plan to major in another field.

Program Options:

B.A. in History

B.A. in History | Pre-Law Option

B.A. in History | Honors Option

B.A. in History | Teacher Certification Option

Also available

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. In the Department of History, we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere and pursue internships that will advance your career.


At Kean, we believe in helping all of our students find internships or jobs that fulfill their career goals. Career services staff provide professional services and offer job fairs and networking events year-round.

Kean students gain real-world experience through internships. (Medical Technology)

Public Lectures

History faculty regularly lecture on a variety of topics at venues throughout the region and the world. Click here to view the complete schedule of upcoming public lectures.

Christopher Bellitto
Public Lectures

Study Abroad

Kean offers study abroad opportunities in many countries. Study at Wenzhou-Kean University in China for the cost of a semester at Kean USA.

Kean students in a gorgeous outdoor setting in Northern Ireland 2023
Study Abroad

Kean’s History department has proven pivotal in furthering my preparedness for career success. Faculty allowed me to contribute to their projects and I was able to focus on independent research, while also collaborating with my advisors and peers.

Christian Mills

Student and Alumni Work

Nancy Thompson World War II Scrapbook Project

Kean students scanned and transcribed personal stories from World War II, told in the letters of Newark State Teachers College students who served in the war.

Nancy Thompson WW II letters
Nancy Thompson World War II Scrapbook Project

Liberty Hall 360

The Liberty Hall 360 project produced a re-enactment of the Revolutionary era wedding of Sarah Livingston to John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States, using a script written and researched by history honors students.

The wedding of John Jay and Sarah Livingston.
Liberty Hall 360

Liberty Hall Museum

Kean students can explore the rich history of Liberty Hall Museum, the Revolutionary War-era home located on campus.

Liberty Hall museum
Liberty Hall Museum
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