history montageOur department is committed to deeper conceptualizations of cultural heritages from across the globe. Our faculty members help students develop a critical understanding of the many varied pasts as well as enhance writing, research, analytical, and rhetorical skills. Of the many subjects students will encounter, history is the key discipline that integrates insights from the arts, sciences, economics, politics, literature, religions, and philosophies into a synthetic examination of the human experience. The wide variety of courses we offer expose students to the complexities of the human experience in different geographic regions, and across class, race, ethnicity, and gender. Our classes highlight the social, political, economic and cultural values with which people ordered their world. History alumni have pursued successful careers in business, law, teaching, government, and the non-profit sector.

Take classes with us! See the Fall 2016 Course Schedule with descriptions here. 

Join us for the Annual History Department Picnic, Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta. The picnic will be held in the Tribble Hall courtyard and lobby on Tuesday, September 13, 5-6 PM.

paul-cobb-flyer-9-21-16Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Dr. Paul Cobb. “Getting Crusade: An Islamic History of Medieval Holy War.” 6 PM, Scales Fine Arts Center Room 102. Open to the Public. 

Paul M. Cobb is Professor of History in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recognized authority on the history of the medieval Levant and of the Crusades in their Islamic context, Professor Cobb is the author of numerous books and articles, including  most recently The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades (Oxford University Press, 2014).

JRuddiman-59-WebAssociate Professor John Ruddiman discusses the Broadway musical, Hamilton, on the Humanities Institute Podcast. 

Humanities Viewpoints is a podcast featuring short conversations between host and Humanities Institute Assistant Director, Aimee Mepham, and a WFU faculty member working in the humanities. Click here to check out Jake Ruddiman’s take on the musical–what it gets right, what it leaves out, and what may have captivated Lin Manuel-Miranda’s imagination.


Faculty in the Department of History received a number of awards and honors this spring, which you can read about here. Please join us in congratulating:

  • Associate Professor Lisa Blee, who received a 2015 Teaching Innovation Award from Wake Forest University’s Teaching and Learning Center.
  • Assistant Professor Benjamin Coates, who received the the Binkley-Stephenson Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best article of 2015 in the Journal of American History.
  • Assistant Professor Stephanie Koscak, who was awarded the 2016 Nathan and Julie Hatch Research Grant for Academic Excellence, funding a week of study at the Summer Research Institute, Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University.
  • Associate Professor Rais Rahman, who received the Stroupe Faculty Fellowship to support research in 2016-17.

Michele Gillespie named Dean of the College
new Dean

Michele Gillespie, Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History, has been named Dean of the College, with academic oversight for the undergraduate school of arts and sciences.  Professor Gillespie will begin serving as Dean on July 1, 2015.  Read more here.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Frank, Department Chair.

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