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History Department


The Department of History strives to present its program in the truest liberal arts tradition, which helps students correlate their knowledge of history with the other disciplines. This, however, does not imply that history majors receive anything less than an in-depth understanding of their specific discipline. Our focus is on skills such as intensive research, organization, critical thinking, speaking and writing, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Students majoring in history are prepared for post-graduate study in graduate and law school. Students desiring to teach social science at the high school level complete a major in history and obtain certification through our School of Education. Graduates with a history major find work within museums, public document archival systems, foundations and organizational archives, and other fields in which primary documents must be maintained and studied. Some of our graduates pursue careers in government service or in politics at the local, state, or federal level. Others embark upon careers in business or in non-profit organizations.

History majors work closely with the faculty to learn the methods of historical research and use of primary documents. Historical research, which requires one-on-one mentoring, is a capstone experience in the major. There are also extracurricular activities in the department. The Bellarmine Historical Society provides opportunities for students to invite speakers, view films, and go on field trips to sites of historical interest. Each year students may participate in the Model Arab League, which travels to regional competitions. Students who excel in the discipline will be invited to be inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society with 860 local chapters.

The Louisville community provides rich resources for student internships in institutions and organizations that archive and process historical documents, historic homes and museums, law firms, and non-profit organizations. The opportunity to travel with history faculty on a yearly basis allows the student to integrate the many aspects of their liberal arts education. Additional opportunities for study at an international university are provided through the Office for Study Abroad and International Learning, which maintains connections with some of the best universities around the world.

Careers in History


Timothy Welliver, Ph.D, Chair (email)
Fedja Buric, Ph.D (email)
Bill Donovan, Ph.D. (email)
Mark J. Lega, MA, JD. (email)
Robert Pfaadt, MA (email)
Eric Paul Roorda , Ph.D (email)
D. Lynn Wagner, Ed.D. (email)

Faculty profiles

Student Involvement

Study Abroad

Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options around the globe. Learn what opportunities are available to you on our Study Abroad and International Programs site.

Contact Us

History Department
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205