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 2016 Course Schedule with descriptions here. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Talk by Professor Deborah Cohen. 5 pm DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall. Open to the Public. 

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Deborah Cohen is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. She is an historian of Modern Britain and the author of three prize-winning books, including Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain  (2013). The title of her talk is “Queer Uncles: Homosexuality and the Family in Modern Britain.” This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Department of English.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Student Walk-Ins With Career Coach. 1-3 pm, B-116, Tribble Hall. 

February 16 Walk-In FlyerAmy Willard, Assistant Director in the Office of Personal and Career Development, is a career coach for History students. She is holding open walk-in hours to discuss questions or concerns about your resume, job or internship experience, graduate school, or your personal statement!

Associate Professor Qiong Zhang awarded the 2015 Academic Excellence Award of the Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS). 

Zhang photo at CHUS Award Ceremony

Professor Zhang received the award at the 2016 meeting of the American Historical Association for her book Making the New World Their Own: Chinese Encounters with Jesuit Science in the Age of Discovery (Brill, 2015).


Michele Gillespie named Dean of the College
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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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