Marietta is a great place to be for the study of history. The city marked the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory and its environs are rich in historical heritage — complete with prehistoric Indian mounds, pioneer history and river history. Marietta offers invaluable opportunities for study, research and fieldwork. The College’s library houses the Stimson Collection of Americana (more than 21,000 volumes), an extensive collection of original manuscripts pertaining to the Northwest Territory and early Ohio, and primary resource materials focusing on history. In addition, the History Department offers an excellent book and periodical collection.

The curriculum ensures that students are exposed to courses in American, European, and non-Western history. Our internship program provides for useful curatorial and archival work in the Campus Martius Museum, the Ohio River Museum, the College’s rare book collection, and sites around the country. Senior majors create original research projects, using local resources to uncover the history of our region. Marietta’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, recognizes students for outstanding achievement in History.

The program also offers a new specialization in Geographic Information Systems, which includes map-making and other visual displays of historical and geographical data. GIS is a booming field, one perfectly suited for historians, and one very much in demand by employers.

Marietta College’s award-winning History faculty are devoted to undergraduate education. Small class sizes and close mentoring of students’ research projects, internships and career development help our alumni to achieve amazing results after they graduate. Our students have gone on to have their own law offices, run their own businesses, as well as become leaders in education, libraries, and public history sites.

Marietta College's Special Collections

Author David McCullough has been conducting research on his new book at the College's Special Collections. Listen to him as he speaks with C-SPAN about the superiority of Marietta College's offerings (fast forward to 28:30).