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Department of History

About the Department

The Department of History offers programs of study leading to the degree Bachelor of Arts and to the degree Master of Arts. By presenting the story of human achievements, hopes and frustrations, struggles and triumphs, the department helps the inquiring student to understand this complex world and shape its future.

On the undergraduate level, students majoring in history achieve a background particularly desirable for graduate study and careers in business, law, education and journalism. Students majoring in history acquire an understanding of culture and institutions that prepares them for careers in these fields.

Among the courses students take at the University, those in history are particularly well-suited to broaden their perspectives and prepare them to live in the present complex world. Most activities and careers of modern life involve aspects that extend beyond national borders. It is essential to understand the past of other peoples to understand their cultures and to work with them.

Under the auspices of the Department of History, the College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that confers a certificate of proficiency in Russian and East European studies in conjunction with a bachelor of arts degree in an academic discipline. Majors also have the opportunity to take History Honors as seniors, to conduct directed Research, enabling majors to graduate with distinction.  Associated Programs »

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Graduate  Dual Degree 


Our faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction. Grounded in practical experience but exploring the frontiers of their disciplines, they are models of academic excellence. View all Department faculty »

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