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The Graduating Class of 2018!

A degree in History
will give you the analytical, research, writing, and critical thinking skills prized by a wide range of employers and careers. Also, consider a Minor in History to augment your Major field (just 18 credits).
- Announcing the new Marcus Ellis Award for student teaching
- Follow us and the Kean University History Society (KUHS) On Facebook 
- Join our mailing list, send your email to
- Be sure to check out the Kean University Library's Archive & Special Collections. Great NJ history material!
- See our Mission Statement below

Site updated May 18, 2018

- Check out our twice Emmy Award nominated television series celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey! It Happened Here: New Jersey sponsored by the Department of History and New Jersey Historical Commission.
- Are you a returning veteran?  Visit the Veteran's Lounge.
Contact the campus Office of Veteran Student Services: Mr. Vito Zajda, or
C.A.S. rm 208. At the Kean-Ocean campus the Veteran's affairs office is in the Gateway Building rm 425. 
Also see this informative pamphlet From Soldier to Student

Department Mission Statement

The Department of History is one of Kean University's oldest and most productive programs of study and has been a part of the instructional component of the institution since its inception in 1855. It is one of the best in the region.

The Mission of the Department of History, in support of the Missions of Kean University, the Division of Academic Affairs, and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), develops emerging scholars capable of thinking critically, communicating across cultures, researching, analyzing, writing and reasoning within the perspective of historical literacy and done within a global context: skills in high demand to employers in a wide range of disciplines.

Every student will meet basic standards which include insights into cultures and problems of civilizations; the whole and the interaction of the parts; an understanding of human groupings—countries, religions, civilizations—which have generated the emotions, symbols, and values of contemporary life; and a working knowledge of complex causes of the rise and fall of societies as well as of the underlying realities of leadership, social class and power. History graduates will be capable of producing quality research, and as teacher/scholars encourage and inspire tolerance and mutual understanding as responsible and responsive members of a civic community.

Department Operations

The main office of the Department of History is in Townsend Hall room 117.  Other faculty, the office of Asia Studies, and the World History Center are located in Townsend Hall room 107.

Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Townsend Hall 117
Union, NJ 07083 USA
Phone number: 1-908-737-0250/0251
Fax number: 1-908-737-0265
Department Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Hyde (rm T117-A)
Assistant Chair: Dr. Brid Nicholson (rm T117-C)
Department Secretary: Mrs. Mary Woubneh (T119)
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Course Announcements

NOTE: Revised and updated BA History and BA History/Teacher Certification guide sheets are available on the BA Guide Sheet and BA Teacher Certification Forms pages: See the links above.
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