Why Earn Your History Degree at Saint Leo University?
Perhaps you love history because a teacher once brought the Old West to life with tales of the Pony Express and Buffalo Bill. Or maybe you heard Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and “equal opportunity” took on new meaning. Now it’s your turn to make history relevant and exciting for the next generation.
Strike a unique balance with interdisciplinary study in History and Education: Explore important ideas from ancient times to the present, and gain new perspective on today’s social, political and economic climate—plus the skills to teach social studies at the secondary level.
Master effective strategies—including emerging technologies—for teaching history to adolescents, including special education, multicultural and at-risk populations. You may opt to complete the full-time internship, where you'll practice working in a high school setting, sharing knowledge of history. You're in good hands—Saint Leo’s Education department has been named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, presented by the Association of Teacher Educators.
Undergraduate History Program Details
Saint Leo University offers a minor in education for students in other majors who may want to teach at the secondary level, but for whom teaching is not their first career choice. The minor is not recommended for students who plan to become certified teachers in K-12 classrooms, because it does not offer the same marketability or extensive professional preparation as the education major. Students wishing to major in history who plan to teach may consider pursuing a double major in History and Education or an Education major with a specialization in Social Studies.
Learn Your Way:
Online, On Campus, or Near You
What are the on-campus facilities like?
Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them.
What are the benefits of earning your history degree online?
Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.
Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.
Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA
Are education centers near you offering history degree programs?
You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.
No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.
How will you gain real experience?
The minor includes one practicum of teaching at the secondary school level, with an optional second practicum and an optional extra semester for a fulltime teaching experience.
21st century classroom
Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the Mimio Teach and MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART Boards.
Build your resume at the Pioneer Museum, Holocaust Museum, National Park Service historical exhibits, local school districts and congressional offices.
Earn credit on faculty-led trips to London, Paris and Rome. Visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Meet with lobbyists and lawmakers in Tallahassee.
Become an active member of Phi Alpha Theta, the History National Honor Society, or Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators. Become a member of the Council on Foreign Relations—Saint Leo’s history professors sponsor students each year.
Conduct independent research for a senior thesis, and present your work at a professional conference.
What can you do with an undergraduate psychology degree?
With a B.A. in History and a minor in Education, you can pursue a fulfilling career in primary and secondary education, government and the nonprofit world. If you want to teach, many school districts and states will require a teaching certificate, which may require additional preparation.
What are the top history degree jobs?
- History Teacher
- Community Organization Educator
- Textbook Editor
- Grant Writer
- Overseas Instructor
- Historic Site Tour Coordinator
- Historic Preservationist
- Government Researcher
Where are Saint Leo history graduates now?
- Pasco High School Social Studies Department
- Florida State Parks
- Ybor City Museum
- Catholic Relief NGO in Washington D.C.
- United States Congress House of Representatives
- Barry University School of Law
- University of Florida College of Law
- Regis University M.A. History Program
- University of South Florida M.A. History Program
- U.S. Army (Lieutenant Rank)
College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking. The essential spirit of the liberal arts is a cornerstone of the varied degree programs. From biology to English to sociology, students enjoy a nice selection of in-demand degree programs for all interests.
Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students travel to Europe through our cultural immersion courses, research unique plant species while trekking through the Peruvian Amazon, and attend film screenings and poetry readings. With highly experienced professors who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom, students are prepared to work in a variety of rewarding fields. The College supports more than 30 degree programs across University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.
“Saint Leo is not just an academic institution, it’s a formation institution. Saint Leo embraced me for who I am, showed faith that I could be my best, and solidified the light that was shining within me.”
Charles Onyeneke ’17
University Campus, Theology
“As a child, my great-grandmother taught me how to pray and to lean on God. Saint Leo inspired us all to learn with compassion and reminded me to keep the faith.”
Brent Patterson ’21
Center for Online Learning, Religious Studies
“As a teacher, building relationships with my students is key to their success. Saint Leo creates those same relationships with its students.”
Brooke Wittington ’17
Education Center, Education
“I had never experienced something as holistic and rewarding as research. Saint Leo University inspired me to take a huge step outside my comfort zone, and I have never looked back.”
Karl Nyman ’22
University Campus, Biology
“Saint Leo inspired me to enjoy learning again, and they had a patient ‘let’s figure this out’ approach.”
Lauren Thomas ’22
Education Center, Management
“Saint Leo believes in me. My professors have impacted my perception of what I can accomplish.”
Tayhana Taylor ’24
University Campus, Accounting
Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.