About the Department

History provides a unique way to study the diversity of human experience across time and to develop skills that enable one to understand the complex ways the past shapes the present and future. Through our courses and programs, we seek not only to train future historians but to produce thoughtful and well-informed citizens. Many of our graduates successfully pursue careers in business, public service, museum work, public history, law, and various other professions. We foster analytical and writing skills that prepare our students to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world and to engage in lifelong learning. We offer a major and a minor in history, a Master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in Medieval European, Early Modern and Modern Europe, United States and Latin American history.

The department is home to the Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History, held by John Davis, the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights, held by Amii Omara-Otunnu, and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in Early American History, held by Manisha Sinha.

The department also sponsors three lecture series – Visiting Scholars in Gender and History, the Foreign Policy Seminar, and the History Colloquium – and two annual lectures – Fusco Distinguished Lecture and American Antiquarian Society Seminar Series – that bring distinguished scholars to campus throughout the year.