Department of History

Message from the Chair

The knowledge and skills that students gain as History majors are vital for preparing for the challenges facing us in the 21st century. Today’s problems—epidemic disease, racial oppression, political unrest, violent extremism, environmental crises, economic inequality—also confronted people in the past, and historians’ efforts to understand how they faced these threat provide valuable insights for us today. Our faculty, made up of dynamic teacher-scholars, offer courses that afford students a fascinating glimpse into how societies in the past sought to overcome these threats and how they changed in the process. Likewise, the History major equips graduates with valuable skills for launching successful careers after graduation. read more

Professor Jason Coy
Department Chair

Department News

History Dept’s Annual Black History Month Lecture: Feb. 16 at 5pm
Posted on 12 January 2021 | 12:28 pm
Please join the Department of History in welcoming Dr. Douglas Flowe for its inaugural Annual Black History Month Lecture, “Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York.” Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this lecture and Q&A will be held online on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5:00. To attend, register here by Feb. […]
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Spring 2021 Course Spotlight
Posted on 8 December 2020 | 9:26 am
The History Department has an array of fascinating courses coming up in Spring 2021. Let’s shine a spotlight on them: Dr. Gigova’s HIST 350 – Special Topics in Comparative Nationalism: Nationalism is as strong and viable today as when it burst on the global scene in the early 1800s. In this course we will try […]
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Jacob Steere-Williams on his role as an editor
Posted on 17 November 2020 | 11:55 am
                        Faculty Spotlight: Associate Professor Jacob Steere-Williams is a historian of epidemic disease, author of The Filth Disease: Typhoid Fever and the Practices of Epidemiology in Victorian England, director of our Graduate History Program, and is affiliated with numerous campus programs, including the British […]
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