By its very nature, the discipline of history is intrinsically integrative, and thus complements the liberal arts mission of Aquinas College. Toward that end, the history major at Aquinas explores a broad sweep of human accomplishments, across geographical space and wide spans of time, while deliberately concentrating on the United States and its dominant influence – Western Europe.


Upon completion of the program, the History graduate will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyze major periods, events and figures of historical importance;
  • Compare the distinctive conceptions of man and society from different cultures and global regions;
  • Assess historical trends and methods;
  • Perform scholarly historical research;
  • Explain the importance of context in analyzing the past;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the transcendentals in shaping different civilizations.


For an overview of the program of study, click on BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HISTORY.


Meet the Faculty

Sister Jean Marie Warner, O.P.
M.Ed. University of Southern Mississippi
M.A. Catholic University of America
B.A. Notre Dame College
(615) 297-7545 x373

Sister Jean Marie Warner, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. Her research emphasis is in medieval history with a special concentration in medieval political theory. Other research interest areas include Aristotelian and Thomistic concepts of virtue, medieval intellectual history, Dominican history and topics in early modern and modern European history and African history. She also teaches philosophy of education with an emphasis on the Thomistic concept of teaching and learning.


Vince RyanDr. Vincent Ryan
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Saint Louis University
M.A. Saint Louis University
(615) 297-7545 x443

Dr. Ryan’s teaching and scholarly interests include the Crusades, European civilization, revolutionary movements and their aftermath, the Cold War, and economic history. He is the co-editor of Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict (Ashgate, 2010) and has written a variety of essays and reviews pertaining to the history of the Crusades. At St. Louis University, Dr. Ryan studied under the renowned Crusades historian Dr. Thomas F. Madden.

History Program News

  • Sister Madeline Rose, O.P. and Madeline Embrey presented papers at the Tennessee Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, March 30, 2019 at Belmont University.
  • Madeline Embrey presented her paper “Maladies of the Great War: An Examination of the Intersections of Conflict and Medical Science through the First World War” at the Eighth Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference. Read Article
  •  Zachariah Souza (History B.A. ’18) was the recipient of the St. Augustine Award at the 2018 Commencement ceremony.
  • Sr. Ann Thomas Bamburek, O.P. (History B.S. ’17) is currently teaching in the social studies department at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Indiana.
  • Christopher J. Carter (History B.A. ’17) is a second-year student at Ave Maria School of Law.
  • Joshua Small (History B.S. ’17) is a teacher at Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Florida.
  • Read more about Special Collections in Tennessee history at the Aquinas Library