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History

"The history department as a whole was like a family, and I cherish the connections I made with those involved in it. Classroom discussions were always interesting because there was such a range of opinions about historical events and questions. Overall, I gained a lot of my learning at the school and I am proud when I look back at my time at MCLA."  Corbin Apkin ‘13, Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, Maryland



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In our programs, you work with dedicated faculty, choose from a wide variety of courses, learn in small classes, and pursue special experiences outside the classroom such as internships, travel courses, and undergraduate research.  

You will graduate from MCLA with assets employers are looking for: the ability to find information, think clearly, and analyze ideas and evidence.

Perhaps most importantly, you will learn to communicate clearly in both speech and writing.

Why MCLA is Different

You may choose a Major or Minor in History; many of our students combine their study of history with a major or minor in Political Science and Public Policy. There is a new minor in Public History that offers possibilities for careers in museums, archives, and more. We also have a fast-track program for those who are interested in going to law school; the college recently signed 3+3 agreements with UMass Law and Western New England University School of Law.

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Professors offer travel courses most years that enrich your education with personal experiences overseas (there are three planned for spring 2018--explore the links to the right). In addition, you can benefit from the rich historical resources found in the North Adams area, including the many nearby museums and institutions that offer internships, research opportunities, and volunteer or paid positions.

Within the MCLA community, you will have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in the History Society and the MCLA chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Your degree in History prepares you for a wide variety of careers and graduate school possibilities. Many of our majors choose to teach, but others enter fields such as business, public service, and law.