History: Robert Morris University History | Robert Morris University


By studying history we are able to better understand who we are and where we came from. Robert Morris University's Bachelor of Arts in History is a comprehensive program featuring a challenging and flexible curriculum that allows students to shape their education around their particular areas of interest. The program emphasizes critical thinking and interpretive analysis, and instills facility in communicating and conducting research.

Optional history study tours offer students the opportunity to gain a first-person perspective by walking the ground where key events occurred, viewing and interpreting historical artifacts, and interacting with public history professionals to comprehend how our history is presented to the general public.  

With a degree in History from Robert Morris University, you will be prepared to build a successful career in many areas including, but not limited to:

Education (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools; historic sites, museums)

Research (museums, historical organizations, cultural resource management)

Communication (writing, editing, journalism, archiving, record management, librarian)

Advocating (lawyer, litigation support, legislative staff, foundation work)

Businesses and Associations (corporate historian, contract historian, non-profits)


Source: American Historical Association (Historians.org)

Below is a typical four-year course of study for biology students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests and concentration.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Communication Skills
World History II
General Psychology Int. to Decision Making/ Supp.
United States History I Argument and Research
Reasoning/Applications Survey of Economies
Humanities: Art and Music United States History II
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking/Persuasion Business/Professional Comm.
Principles of Sociology Science Elective
World History I Open elective
American Natl. Government Modern American History Course
Early American History Course  
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
World History Course Special Topics in History
Modern American History Course  
Historical Methods
Open Elective Early American History Course
Open Elective World History Course
Open Elective Open elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
History Practicum World History Course
Early American History Course Modern American History Course
Senior Thesis Open Elective
Open Elective Open Elective
Open Elective Open Elective

Internship Opportunities

Students complete an internship at sites such as: Fort Pitt Museum, Heinz History Center, Mooncrest Grant Project, Pittsburgh Cares, Sewickley Community Center, Valley Forge National Historic Park, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, WQED-PBS Pittsburgh, and the Woodlands Foundation.

Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.

Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. This is completed through the integration of internships and practicums, which provide real-world experiences for all majors. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers and applied psychology/social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.

The School of Education and Social Sciences faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU.  Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting.  As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc.,  students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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