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

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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Antiracist Education through Digital History: A Virtual Roundtable
Posted on 12 November 2020 | 9:05 am
Coming up Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3:30: “Antiracist Education through Digital Local History: A Virtual Roundtable” The public health crisis caused by COVID-19 and the nationwide uprisings regarding racial and social justice have challenged public history professionals. Practitioners have had to expand their use of technology without training while urgently considering how to effectively create […]
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