We can’t shape the future if we don’t understand the past, and history majors know this better than anyone. Our students learn the history of places around the world and discover the craft and methodology that historians use. Some join the History Club or become members of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Internship opportunities and study abroad options abound, and the choices continue after graduation: you’ll find our alumni in everything from teaching and museum work to filmmaking, business and government positions. This major is also an excellent foundation for graduate school.
By presenting the story of human achievements, hopes and frustrations, struggles and triumphs, the history program helps students to understand our complex world and shape its future.
We encourage a global approach to the study of history. Our courses encompass history from all over the world, so students develop a rich understanding of our own culture and others’ over time. They put that knowledge into practice through lively class discussions, research and writing projects. Thanks to small class sizes, faculty members get to know each student and help identify their abilities and special interests. You can concentrate on the areas or time periods that interest you most with focused courses such as Colonial America, Greek Civilization, The Early Middle Ages, and the History of Traditional Japan.
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The Department of History is officially recognized by the University as a Center of Excellence, and this designation is largely due to the reseach efforts and national reputation of its faculty. In one recent year, the department collectively published two book chapters, eight peer-reviewed articles, eight book reviews and presented 29 conference papers while serving on a plethora of panels. The research interests of the faculty cover a broad range of historical topics, including Ottoman historiography, the Enlightenment, and United States, Latin American, and Caribbean history during the Great Depression and Cold War.
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