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 event:

Invitation“Release: From Stigma to Acceptance.”  This event is a collaborative student-curated exhibit featuring the words and art of former offenders.  This project is the result of work by Wake Forest University students in Public History, a course taught in fall 2014 by Professor Lisa Blee.  The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts on 251 Spruce Street N., Winston-Salem, NC.  This project has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities with support from the Humanities Institute and Department of History at Wake Forest University.


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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