Our 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.
The Department of History welcomes Professor Barry Trachtenberg to our faculty in the Michael H. and Deborah Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History.
Professor Trachtenberg received his Presidential Chair Medallion from President Nathan O. Hatch at a luncheon honoring him and the Rubins. Dr. Mike Rubin has taken a number of courses in our department after a distinguished medical career; Debbie Rubin is an active volunteer and board member of cultural institutions in Winston-Salem. Both are great friends and supporters of Wake Forest. The Department is honored by this gift and excited to develop the field of Jewish history under Professor Trachtenberg’s leadership.
September 27, 2016. Professor Charles Wilkins interviewed on WBUR and NPR’s Here & Now, hosted by Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson.
Professor Wilkins discussed the history and culture of Aleppo prior to the conflict in Syria. As he described in his interview, “I can hardly put into words my emotions in seeing this city brought to its knees in this way.” Listen to the podcast of the program here.
Associate 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.
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.