Learn From the Past for a Better Future

Rider’s B.A. in History program offers courses in the history of the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. In addition to lecture courses, majors participate in seminars at the freshman, junior and senior levels. Program faculty have won two Distinguished Teaching Awards, a Distinguished Service Award and a Research Prize.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Major Requirements

Rider’s B.A. in History strengthens the connection between intellectual achievement, demonstrated by performance in the capstone project, and the curriculum which is designed to assure that important skills and habits of mind are introduced and reinforced in a structured way.

From Researcher to Expert

Majoring in history prepares students for a variety of careers because of the analytical (critical thinking) and communication (written and oral) skills it fosters. 

Common Career Fields

  • Education
  • Law
  • Government
  • Business
  • Foreign Service
  • Journalism
  • Public History
Jason Sullivan, Class of 2009
"I took advantage of opportunities like testing my interests through my core classes, talking with my professors and spending time with counselors in the Career Center. I decided to major in History — and it was the perfect choice."
Jason Sullivan
Class of 2009
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How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for history?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.

Begin New Chapters

Students can choose from a wide variety of internship possibilities, including historic preservation, museum exhibit research and display, archive management and research, educational programming (excellent choice for Education/History Majors), oral history projects, documentary filmmaking, or historical archaeology.

Rider students have recently interned at:

  • National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey
  • Lawrence Historical Society
  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park
  • New Jersey State Archives
Internship Opportunities


History (B.A.)

Anne Osborne

Professor, Department Chair

History and Philosophy

Lynch Adler Hall 106

osborne [at] rider.edu


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