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You Belong Here–History Students


Studying the past is an investment in your future, and history is one of the most useful undergraduate majors students can choose in the 21st century. Rather than focusing on a narrow skill set, which may be obsolete a decade from now, history majors learn to think critically, communicate broadly, engage with the public, and problem solve across professions. Shepherd’s location on the banks of the Potomac and in the lower Shenandoah Valley provides a setting especially conducive to historical study. The oldest town in West Virginia, Shepherdstown is a living museum of architecture and material culture. James Rumsey built and operated the first steamboat here, and the contending forces of the Civil War fought the deadliest battle in American history across the river at Antietam. Three national historical parks—the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam—and other parks, historical sites, museums, and major research repositories are accessible by car or commuter train. History majors at Shepherd can focus on content areas or our two unique concentrations in the Civil War or Historic Preservation/Public History. The HPPH concentration offers “academic common market” status to students from Delaware or Maryland, and the Civil War program offers this status for Maryland residents. These out-of-state students attend Shepherd for in-state tuition.