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 Spring 2015 Course Schedule with description here. 

Next events:

“The United States, Japan, and the Asian Development Bank.”
1-29 Orr Lecture PosterThis lecture by Ambassador Richard M. Orr will take place on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 4:30-6:30 in Greene Hall, Room 162. Ambassador Orr has served as the US Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank since 2010, and became Dean of the ADB Board in 2013. Ambassador Orr holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Tokyo. He previously taught at Temple University-Japan, and published the award-winning monograph, The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power (Columbia University Press, 1990). He subsequently worked as Vice President for Motorola in Tokyo and Brussels, and later served as President of Boeing Japan. At his talk, Ambassador Orr will discuss the governance and global role of the ADB as well as US objectives related to this important international institution. This talk is free and open to the public.


“The Civil Wars of Japan’s Meiji Restoration & National Reconciliation: Global Historical Perspectives.”Japan Conference Poster This is the first of three international conferences in advance of the 150-year anniversary in 2018 of Japan’s modern revolution, the Meiji Restoration. It will be held at Reynolda House on January 30 from 9:15 to 4:30 and on January 31 from 8:45 to 2:30. This conference has been funded by the Wake Forest History Department, Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, Provost for Global Affairs, Provost’s Fund for Vibrant Campus, Dean’s Office, and Humanities Institute. Additional support comes from the Asian-Pacific Studies Institute (Duke), Carolina Asia Center (UNC Chapel Hill), Northeast Asia Council-Association for Asian Studies, Japan-United States Friendship Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Japan Foundation. This event is free and open to the public.

Christianity-Democratization-header “Twenty-Five Years Later: Nathan Hatch’s The Democratization of American Christianity.” To mark the 25th anniversary of Nathan’s Hatch’s seminal book, The Democratization of American Christianity, Wake Forest University will host a half-day symposium February 6, 2015 sponsored by the School of Divinity, the Departments of History and Religion, the Humanities Institute, and the Office of the Provost. Seven highly respected scholars of American religious history will offer reflections on the influence of Dr. Hatch’s seminal study and critically assess the work, including challenges since its publication. An award-winning publication, The Democratization of American Christianity has been described as one of the three most significant books on American Christianity written in the last century. This event will be held in Farrell Hall, Broyhill Auditorium, on February 6, 2015, from 12:00-4:30.  It is free and open to the public. For more information, see the symposium website.

Recent news: On 19 May, we marked Commencement with our graduating seniors. On Wednesday, 4/30, we held our annual Phi Alpha Theta Initiation and Awards Dinner. These students won awards:

  • Forrest W. Clonts Award for Excellence in History: Aubrey Peterson
  • W.J. Cash Award for Studies in Southern History: Liam McIntyre
  • Richard Worden Griffin Research Prize in Asian, African, or Latin American History: Joseph DeRosa
  • Chilton Pearson Research Prize in United States History: Emily Anderson
  • Forrest W. Clonts Research Prize in European History: Deshawna Kiker
  • Stephen Vella Prize for Excellence in Writing: Robert Wilson, III

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

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