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History, BA

David Harkleroad

“I RECEIVED AN EDUCATION I COULD APPLY to the real world while I was at IUP,” says David Harkleroad ’10, who works for the National Park Service at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. “I really wanted to get into the parks, but I didn't know how to do that. The History Department assisted me in getting the internship that led to the job I have now.”

Explore and learn about the past to better understand our world today

Sometimes learning about the past is the way to better understand the world we live in today. The past creates a broader perspective and allows us to discover important elements of the human existence.

As a History major at IUP, you’ll develop essential critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills needed to examine and interpret history. You’ll study time periods from ancient civilizations to more recent historical people, places, and events.

You can choose to study a broad range of topics such as Colonial America, medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, ancient Greece, Native Americans, early China, the Civil War era, Russia, and the Middle East.

All History majors are encouraged to consider doing an independent study or an honors thesis for credit. Free electives make it possible for you to take a minor such as Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Pan-African Studies, or Women’s Studies.

IUP History majors interested in studying artifacts and archaeological evidence can participate in an archaeology project overseas in Cyprus.

Historical Society Building

RESOURCES, OPPORTUNITIES NEAR CAMPUS - The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County (pictured above) is only a few blocks from Campus. Several other local historical societies are within a half-hour drive. Also, on campus, the University Museum sometimes holds historical shows. Talk to your advisor about internship and volunteer opportunities.


  • History Department
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Room 304
    981 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2284
  • Fax: 724-357-6478
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.