New, Prospective & Transfer Students

Are you a new student here at Kean or are thinking about becoming one? Read on!

The Department of History at Kean University prides itself on the high quality of the education we offer from world class faculty (see the faculty biography page above). History majors learn writing, communications, analytic, and research skills, all abilities prized by a wide range of employers and crucial to a wide range of careers.

Why Study History at Kean? What kind of careers are there? Find out here!

Transfer Student?

For information on transferring to Kean contact the Kean University Transfer Office and also see the valuable stats on This will help ensure you get as many transfer credits as possible. Also consult the guide sheet for your program and compare previously performed work with the requirements for the Kean degree.

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

Consider a Minor in history
A minor in history is a great way to augment any major. The skills you will learn will enhance your career prospects. Just 18 credits.

What to Expect

The BA program in history is intellectually rigorous. It requires a considerable amount of reading, writing, and research. It is designed to give you a wide ranging knowledge of the human past as well as the practical and philosophical skills of a scholar. You will learn to work with primary and secondary sources and to analyses them critically. We also expect you to become part of the life of the department. This means meeting regularly with your professors and advisor and attending student workshops and special events. In the end this will result in your learning to think and behave like an historian.

Come for a visit!

Using the information listed on the faculty page, contact any faculty member to arrange an on-site visit to learn more about the opportunities available. We offer students divers topics of study along with close attention and advising from faculty. There is a student run history club KUHS (Kean University Historical Society) and the Phi Alpha Theta Honors society. We run writing and research workshops every semester and have an extensive internship program.

Also visit the Kean University Incoming Student Page.

How have our students done after graduation?

Kean History major and History/Education graduates have gone on to successful teaching and academic careers and work in the public and private sphere. They have been accepted to do graduate work at Rutgers Law, the Columbia University School of International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, NYU, Catholic University, Seton Hall, and many others. Our History/Education majors are teaching in schools across the region.

How to prepare

While still in high school prospective students can prepare by reading as much as possible as widely as possible. Foreign language skills are strongly recommended as is computer literacy.  Prospective students should contact the department and make appointments to come in and talk with a faculty member as early as possible: the better we know you, the better we can help you.

If you are starting as a new student in the upcoming semester we recommend you get a jump on classes by starting a reading program. Follow us on Twitter and check into the web site often for updates and important information.

In order to help with reading skills and content knowledge for new, transfer, and prospective students a list of recommended titles is provided here. The key to academic and career success? READ, READ, READ!

  • African American History

Johnson, Walter. Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009).

Joseph, Peniel. Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America (New York: Hold Paperbacks, 2007).

Tim Tyson. Blood Done Sign My Name (New York: Crown Publishing, 2004).

  • American History

Daniel Okrent. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner, 2011).

Kenneth Ackerman.  Young J. Edgar: Hoover and the Red Scare, 1919-1920 (Viral History Press, 2011).

Samuel Walker. Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).

Frank Wetta. Louisiana Scalawags: politics, race and terrorism during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Louisiana State Press, 2013).

  • Classical Studies

Donald Kagan. The Peloponnesian War. (New York: Penguin, 2003).

Donald Kagan. Thucydides: The Reinvention of History (New York: Penguin, 2009).

Greg Woolf, ed. The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine

John Henry. A Short History of Scientific Thought (Palgrave 2012).

Roy Porter. Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine (WW Norton, 2004).

  • Jewish Studies

Martha Minow. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1998).

Samantha Power. A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide (New York: Basic Books, 2002).

Jay Winter. Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (Cambridge: Canto, 1998).

Jewish Studies web page

  • Middle Ages

Barbara H. Rosenwein., ed. Reading the Middle Ages: Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2007.