History at Aquinas College
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Why Study History?

History is the foundation of a liberal arts education. The study of the past fosters knowledge of those virtues most necessary to the maintenance of democratic society. History provides an appreciation of the long struggle to achieve a social order and the need for vigilance to preserve it. By studying history we deepen our understanding of the human person and our world's cultural variety, thus illuminating the relationship between individual and community.


Our full-time history professors are published authors actively pursuing research agendas and book projects.


Recent history alumni have pursued work in graduate schools, the foreign-service, public history (museums, state historic parks, archives), politics, law, business, and teaching at the college, secondary, and elementary levels.


Our alumni include published writers like Michael Deeb, the author of The Drieborg Chronicles, a Civil War trilogy.


Our students present at conferences including Phi Alpha Theta and The Great Lakes History Conference.


Our very active History Club hosts social and educational events, including movie nights, guided museum tours, and trips to Chicago.


Studying history contributes to the resilience and adaptability needed to flourish in a rapidly changing economy.


A degree in history from Aquinas ensures that graduates have attained a level of reading comprehension, facility in written and oral communication,research skills, and analytical thinking to succeed in any career paths. These transferable skills enable our graduates to find satisfying work in a wide variety of fields.


The department is especially strong in intellectual, religious, and political history.


Our students have interned at museums and in other types of archival work.


Our faculty fully support the Catholic and liberal arts mission of Aquinas College, both inside and outside the classroom.

Jeff Luehm '06

Service will continue to be a major theme in Jeff Luehm '06's life as he dedicates future years of his life to the Father’s Heart Foundation in El Salvador, where he will be working closely with the founders to raise funds. >Read More

Featured Work

Book cover "The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906" Dr. Bethany Kilcrease, Associate Professor of History, recently published a book titled The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906. The book traces the history of the "Church Crisis", a conflict between the Protestant and Anglo-Catholic (Ritualist) parties within the Church of England between 1898 and 1906. >Learn More