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. 

InternshiphistoryInternship in History Discussion, Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 5:30 pm in Tribble A104

Come speak with Prof. Lisa Blee and representatives from local historical museums about how to receive history credit for an internship.


A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, Friday, 13 November 2015, Bynum Welcome Center, 9:30-6:30 pm

This symposium honors the rich legacy of President James Ralph Scales, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a champion of Wake Forest University’s commitment to civil rights and inclusivity. More information about the symposium can be found here.

hellyer photo august 2010Professor Robert Hellyer Published an Op-Ed on American’s Changing Attitudes toward Justice in the L.A. Times

Read Professor Hellyer’s full piece here.

Vice President of India Hamid Ansari Celebrates the Release of Associate Professor Raisur Rahman’s Book

PIB photo HDIndia’s Vice President Hamid Ansari helped launch Associate Professor of History Rais Rahman’s book at an event in New Delhi on July 21, 2015. Professor Rahman’s book, Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Read more about it here.

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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