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Dr. Phillip G. Payne
(716) 375-2460
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Let the past make your future!

Students who major in history can benefit in numerous ways that are personally enriching as well as practical in terms of future careers. A history major at St. Bonaventure University will gain the following:

  • an understanding of the principal events and developments in U.S. and world history from ancient times to the present;
  • insights into the process of history, how various causes and consequences are related;
    the ability to learn lessons from the past;
  • better perspectives on current problems through knowledge of how they were produced;
  • improved skills in reading, analysis, writing, and other areas in demand in a wide array of professional careers;
  • enhanced knowledge of computers.

In addition, a history major at St. Bonaventure enjoys...

  • flexibility—a student can fashion his or her individual course of study (see B.A. program link for information related to secondary education, the Honors Program, the history BA/MBA five-year program, and other ways in which students can devise degree programs to suit their particular needs);
  • small class size, permitting significant contact between professors and individual students;
  • professors who are published authorities in their fields and who enjoy working with students;
  • numerous internships available in various libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies.

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