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Department of History

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History is a versatile major that is analytical and practical. Graduates of Baldwin Wallace University's history program attend prestigious graduate schools and find lucrative employment in exciting fields. A bachelor's degree in history offers outstanding preparation for graduate and professional school, government service, corporate and nonprofit professions, education and more.

History is a comprehensive, multi-faceted major. It teaches you to understand contemporary events in historical and global contexts and solve problems that require historical perspectives. You'll gain skills in conducting multi-dimensional research and hone proficiencies in written and oral communication.

Hands-on learning is a key. You'll work on real-world projects like historical cemetery documentation, explore local archives for unique independent research, and work alongside archivists and other professionals. BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to museums, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations for internships and more.

BW professors bring impressive academic and scholarly credentials to the classroom. Whether you are fascinated with U.S., East Asian, Russian, Middle Eastern history or the entire world, BW faculty can help you explore your interest.

Career in Public History
BW offers Ohio's only undergraduate major in public history. BW is a Partner of the National Council on Public History, an organization that offers career information about this dynamic, growing career field.

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?
If you would like to become a social studies teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.


  • Teacher
  • Museum curator/historian
  • Urban planner
  • Librarian or archivist
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Government official
  • Attorney
  • Lobbyist
  • Criminologist or law enforcement officer
  • Journalist/writer


History is offered as a major and minor. It is also available as a major for non-traditional students.

History can be studied as a single major or as a companion for a double major.

Through the study of history, you will gain an understanding of the past upon which the structure of modern society is built. You'll learn the historical background and present-day application of disciplines that include the arts, music, literature, religion, philosophy, the sciences, social sciences and business.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Recent BW History majors are finding their success at:

Paul Krause '15 accepted to Yale University’s Divinity School, M.A.R., philosophical theology. Paul credits his experiences at BW for helping him build a high quality work ethic, research capabilities, and determination in personal scholastic endeavors. Originally from Parma, Ohio (Valley Forge High School), Paul was a published author as an undergraduate student in two peer-reviewed academic journals.
Dan Clapper '14 is enrolled in the MA program in history at Georgetown University.
Ken Kosovich '14 is enrolled in the MA program in history at the University of Akron.
David Silvernail '13 is starting his MA in the History of Art and Architecture program at Boston University.
Kristen Cicak '12 is teaching social studies at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Lauren Nichols '12 is an executive assistant at DuneCraft, Inc.
Courtney Arena '11 is employed by the law firm of Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Aronoff.
Katelynn Carver '11 received an MTS with a focus on religion and the sciences in May 2014 from Harvard Divinity School.
Nicholas Mays '11 is in the Ph.D. program in history at Kent State University and has just accepted a position as a teaching fellow at Kent State.
Sean Forester '11 volunteered in Spain and Portugal through a program called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and worked on a farm/bed and breakfast acting as both a laborer and assistant guide for adventure sports such as climbing, trekking, kayaking and surfing. He then took off overland to Western Africa and traveled through Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal.
Kevin Radigan '11 is a social studies teacher, head varsity boys track coach and assistant varsity football coach at Midview High School.
Colleen Benoit '09 served as archivist for the Everglades National Park and is now employed by History Associates, the leading historical research firm in the U.S.
Jeremy Feador '08, history and political science, is the team curator for the Cleveland Indians and is also pursuing a master's degree in history from Wright State University. Feador flourished in BW's small-school environment, developing strong relationships with his professors and enjoying an active life on campus as a Yellow Jacket wrestler and serving as a resident assistant. Feador, who is originally from North Olmsted, Ohio, credits his experiences in and out of the classroom as the experience necessary to earn several history internships.


Whether it's historic Berea, nearby Metroparks, downtown Cleveland or beyond, BW is within easy access of an array of museums, historical societies, community and professional organizations and more.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.

The Adams Street Cemetery Project is a collaborative research-based community service project offering you integrative, real-world field experiences. You'll work with faculty, professional historians from the Berea Historical Society and City of Berea personnel to rediscover the lost histories of persons buried in the Adams Street Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Berea.


Full-Time Faculty

Indira Gesink
Chair, History Department
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Robert Montgomery
Ph.D., Indiana University

Kyriakos Nalmpantis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Steven E. Siry
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Adjunct Faculty

Rachel Boaz
Ph.D., Kent State University

Timothy Mieyal
M.A., Kent State University

Kieth Peppers
University Archivist
M.A., Cleveland State University

Tamara Rand
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Robert Stinson
Ph.D., Indiana University

Thomas Uthup
Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton

Charles Vesei
M.L.I.S., Wayne State University
M.A., Indiana University