A major and a minor are offered in History. A minor is now offered in Public History.

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Student Members of the History Club Participating in a Scavenger Hunt.

History students and faculty participate in The Roundtable: History Club Annual Scavenger Hunt, April 2014

Phi Alpha Theta Conference presenters 2014

Juniors and History Honors Society Phi Alpha Theta Conference presenters Sadie Sunderland, Cassie Erler, Alexa Wallace and Rebecca Nystrom, pictured at Roger Williams University with faculty advisor Prof. Melinda Jette, November 15, 2014.

Students who major in history gain a broad understanding of historical perspectives, historical thinking and methods, and ethical issues linked to history.

Franklin Pierce is one of a small number of schools offering an undergraduate program in Public History. Students who major in History may select the Public History Minor as a strong complement to the Major, particularly if they plan careers in museum work, historical societies, archival work, interpretive fields or other settings where history is presented to the public through a variety of media.

Planning and completing historical research projects are also part of the curriculum. Students demonstrate their knowledge and research methods through written and oral styles of presentation.

The history curriculum offers a wide selection of courses designed to build students' core historical knowledge as well as techniques in research, analysis and written and oral communication. The skills acquired and demonstrated through the study of history serve as valuable preparation for law school and careers in politics, finance and education.

Course Details

Coursework at Franklin Pierce University focuses on American, European and Non-Western history, and the cultural and political shifts that have taken place in these societies. History majors have the option to pursue a concentration in American History or European History. History is also the specified major for students seeking Secondary Education certification in Social Science.


I can not only recite dates of important events and titles by specific authors, but also explain why the information is important to me and relevant in the world today. I believe that my successes have corne from the relationships and classroom rapport I have with my professors. They know who I am and hold me to a standard they know I can achieve. I've been challenged, I've laughed, and most of all, I've learned."

— Heather Modjesky, '10

Want to know more?

Program Sheet ThumbnailDownload a History program sheet to view on screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge



Melinda Marie Jettè Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Catholic University of America
M.A., Université Laval
Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Mary C. Kelly Ph.D.
Professor of History
B.A., M.A., University College Galway
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Douglas Ley Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Gettysburg College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin


Stephen Wilson
Lecturer, Humanities
B.A., University of Rhode Island
M.A., University of London


  • Phi Alpha ThetaNational History Honors Society (by invitation to students who meet national requirements)
  • Many History majors participate in the Student Government Association, and are Peer Leaders and Community Assistants.
  • History majors have contributed to published oral history projects through the University's Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.
  • Internships are available to History majors and Public History minors. Internship locations have included the Peterborough Historical Society and the Manchester Historic Association.

Student Success

    Recent History and Public History graduates have built upon their academic training to achieve success in a range of Public History fields, including:
  • Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance
  • Irish Folklore Archives at University College Dublin
  • Master’s in Anthropology from University of Idaho, followed by doctoral program at University of Oklahoma
  • Post-graduation internships at Custer Battlefield Museum
  • Masters in Public History from Royal Holloway-University of London
  • Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA
  • Museum of Russian Icons in Franklin, MA, following a Public History internship there
  • Internship and full-time employment at Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society
  • Internship leading to job at American Textile History Museum at Lowell
  • Public History teaching assistant at Cal State Northridge
  • Research intern for the Monadnock Institute, joint M.A. in History/Master in Library Science at Simmons College