Department of History

History is the story of human interactions and change over time. It is diverse and dynamic. Every significant act we do today will amount to some legacy for future generations. As an academic field, history is the study of such acts and a sustained examination of the lives of the individuals who partake in them. Historians can have many backgrounds, ranging from economic historians to those who study the historical contexts of environmental change. Historians may also specialize in social, political, intellectual, diplomatic and cultural experiences.

The Department of History offers several different degrees for students who desire to increase their knowledge on specific historical time-periods and who wish to advance their analytical skills. Students have plenty of opportunities to work closely with our award-winning faculty members who specialize in virtually every time-period and region of the world. View the example here of Assistant Professor Sarah Keyes with her mini-lesson on Margaret Foley (1875–1957), an Irish American based in Boston who served as a labor organizer, social worker and suffragist.

History in the Present Lecture Series

“History in the Present” is a webinar series hosted by the Department of History that historicizes current events, shares cutting-edge research, and aims to promote dialogue on issues of interest between the University and the broader community. As historians, we work across disciplines and collaborate with a broad range of people outside of the University. Thus, in addition to history faculty, museum curators, NGO leaders and experts on the environment and human rights will also be presenting in this webinar series.

History in the Present Schedule
Date Time Event Name Featuring Host Department
2/2 12:00 p.m. On the Move: Japanese American Resettlement from WWII Incarceration Camps Meredith Oda, Associate Professor of History History

History in the Present Archive

Catch up on previously-recorded History in the Present lectures. For more accessible versions, please contact the department.

Archived history events
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