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404 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Carole Marciano
Departmental Secretary
Office: Wayne 404
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Wayne Hanley
Departmental Chairperson
Office: Wayne 406
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069

Dr. Karin Gedge
Social Studies Coordinator
Office: Wayne 416
Phone: 610-436-2971

Brenda Gaydosh
Acting Graduate Coordinator
Office: Wayne 421
Phone: 610-436-0734

Jonathan Friedman
Director, Holocaust-Genocide Studies
Office: Main 409
Phone: 610-436-2972

What's New in History?

In the History Department, our students graduate as creative problem solvers, who can think imaginatively not only about the past, but about the world today. To quote a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed, "History isn't a 'useless' major. It teaches critical thinking, something American needs much more of." We teach marketable and transferable skills you will take well beyond the history classroom:

  • the skill of investigation
  • the art of asking good questions that help define the problem at hand
  • research skills in identifying and understanding sources
  • analysis and interpreting of complex subjects
  • effective use of evidence to draw conclusions
  • the ability to think critically and creatively about the world in order to help solve the problems we face in the future

Ranked in 2015 by Kiplinger's as one of the nation's 75 "Best Buys" in higher education, WCU has one of the most affordable and high-quality undergraduate programs in the nation. Our 20 full-time faculty members, all experts in their fields, value both excellent teaching, active scholarship, and engagement with our community. We offer a Bachelor of Arts in History (B.A.), a Master of Arts in History (M.A.), and a Master of Education in Social Studies (M.Ed.). Our students may also choose to pursue Pennsylvania teacher certification in social studies as part of their Bachelor of Arts program.

WCU's History department is hosting the PA East Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, on April 9, 2016. Visit the conference website for full details and to register.

We encourage you to let the history major at West Chester surprise you. It is not the history classroom of 100 years ago. We're eager to see where your career takes you.

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