Department of History

About Us

'Taddeo in the Belvedere Court in the Vatican, Drawing the Laocoön'. Federico Zuccaro, about 1595. J. Paul Getty Museum, 99.GA.6.17.

Students who major in history develop a thorough grounding in the historical process and a greater empathy and special perspective for viewing human thought and action through a broad exposure to the complexities that shape the forces of civilization. The student of history recognizes the distinctiveness of people and societies of the past, and acknowledges the threads that connect the experiences of these people over time. 

A History major offers invaluable training in the essential skills of a liberal arts education: reading, writing, critical thinking, and public speaking. History majors are prepared for a wide array of careers, including teaching, law, government service, business, medicine, research, and much more.

The History Department currently includes fourteen full-time faculty with expertise ranging from Ancient Greece and Medieval England to modern Egypt and Latin America. All faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service; since 2006 the faculty in the Department have published more than a dozen monographs as well as a variety of scholarly articles, historical documentaries, translations, and edited collections. 

We invite you to browse through our website for additional information, and urge you to contact us directly with questions or comments.