*Not a baccalaureate degree program
Students in History courses explore what happened and why through many perspectives, whether political, economic, cultural or intellectual, religious, or social, and analyze historians' debates. Sources studied and interpreted by students include, but are not limited to, published or unpublished written texts, film and other visual material, and oral testimony. The recent explosion of digitized materials has made a vast array of evidence available to undergraduates in their study of change over time in human society.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
- Develop historical information: events; people; range of social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental factors; change over time
- Explain the particularities and influence of the past
- Interpret complexity and compare regions and time periods
- Assess and challenge historical narratives and viewpoints
- Display disciplined, sophisticated use of information
- Hone critical thinking and reading
- Develop research skills: posing questions, obtaining evidence, identifying gaps in record
- Construct historical arguments: make an argument, support interpretation
- Cultivate oral communication: present research findings clearly, analyze primary and secondary sources in discussion
We are committed to providing a rigorous, top quality education for the next generation of scholars, whether in academia, public history, secondary education, government and cultural organizations, publishing, or in many contexts where history and its associated skills are valued. Students read deeply in their fields while learning to create new knowledge by asking their own questions about the past, engaging in primary research, analyzing findings and communicating their conclusions artfully and persuasively.
Courses range from large lectures to small, discussion-based seminars and combine a variety of teaching methods Courses aim to build students’ skills in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication. We also offer experiential learning opportunities, such as the public history internship, which can be taken for credit (HIS 496). In addition, our faculty work one-on-one with students involved in independent study (HIS 499) and the Honors Seminar (HIS 497).
The History Department is housed in Park Hall, and has two dedicated seminar rooms. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s teaching philosophies.
The history department includes faculty of national and international distinction in their research fields and many members who have received teaching awards. Full-time faculty are committed to teaching at all levels, from introductory classes through the upper-division seminars. Faculty teaching fields cover the globe and span the medieval period through the present. Faculty incorporate a diversity of approaches to teaching history, using technology and sharing the diversity of written, visual and material, and oral sources available to scholars and students. They stress the importance of thinking historically about the context of events and individuals of the past and through their teaching help students make informed interpretations about the past.
Please visit the History department website for additional information about our faculty.
In conjunction with CAS Advising, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) oversees advising for all History majors and minors. A permanent faculty member, the DUS is well-suited to guide students through the major and offer advice on careers, graduate study, and professional development particular to the field of history. New majors are required to meet with the DUS when applying to the major, but all students are encouraged to consult with the DUS regularly and review their progress toward completion.
We recommend that interested students meet with the director of undergraduate studies (Park 540, 716-645-8400) to discuss their course of study and the program.