Marietta history graduates run their own law offices and businesses and are leaders in education, libraries and public history sites.

Marietta is a great place to be for the study of history, offering invaluable opportunities for research and fieldwork. The city marked the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, and the region is rich in historical heritage—complete with prehistoric Indian mounds, pioneer history and river history. Our internship program provides curatorial and archival work in the Campus Martius Museum, the Ohio River Museum, Marietta College’s rare book collection and sites around the country. Seniors complete original research projects, using local resources to uncover the history of our region. 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.

Our award-winning history faculty will provide you with a solid background in American, European and non-Western history. We also offer a 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.

Small class sizes and close mentoring of students’ research projects, internships and career development help our alumni achieve amazing results after they graduate. 

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).


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