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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 2015 Course Schedule with description here. 

Clonts Lecture, Thursday, April 16, at 5:30 in ZSR 404.

One of America’s leading historians, Professor Kenneth Pomeranz of the University of Chicago, will deliver the PomeranzClonts Lecture on Thursday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. in ZSR Auditorium (404). Dr. Pomeranz, past president of the American Historical Association, will address the topic “China, Europe, and the Making of Modern Economies,” the subject of his award-winning book, The Great Divergence: Europe, China, and the Making of the Modern World Economy.  Here Pomeranz explores how the relatively backward European countries of the 17th and 18th centuries outdistanced the wealthier and more advanced economies such as China’s in the 19th century. This transformation created the modern world economy, but another transformation appears to be on the horizon with China on the verge of becoming the world’s largest economy.

The Clonts Lecture is offered every other year honoring former WFU History professor Forrest W. Clonts, and is sponsored by his family.

Assistant Professor Jake Ruddiman on The Learning Channel, April 19, at 9:00 p.m.

Ruddimann.Hefter.color_-200x300In a genealogical investigation segment on “Who Do You Think You are?” Assistant Professor Jake Ruddiman will
examine an ancestor of actor Bill Paxton who fought in the Revolutionary War and live in the Early American Republic.  For more information, see The Learning Channel.


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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