History Department

See Professor Kendra-Smith Howard discuss her just published book, Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History Since 1900. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), a look at the evolving history of milk since 1900.

Welcome! The objective of the Department of History is to provide its students with a thorough grounding in the past, seen from both social scientific and humanistic perspectives, and in the nature of history and historical analysis. The Department of History prepares undergraduates for a variety of career options which rely upon a sound liberal arts education, as well as for graduate study in both academic and professional fields. The study of history prepares students for a variety of career paths, extending from fields such as law, education, and religion, to journalism and media ventures, and to business and government service. The department hopes to revive in the coming year its Career Advisory Network, linking History majors to graduates who have gone on to employment in a broad range of professions. 

An honors program and a combined B.A./M.A. program are also available to qualified students. In addition, the Department participates in several interdepartmental programs, including Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies (with a concentration in Documentary Studies), Social Studies, Women's Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Russian and East European Studies.

On a graduate level, the Department of History offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree, a Master of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in Public History, a Master of Arts degree in History with a concentration in History & Media, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Public History. The M.A. in History may also be combined with the M.S. in Information Science. In addition, the department participates in several interdepartmental programs, such as Social Studies, Liberal Studies, and Library Science.

The Ph.D. program aims to prepare students for academic careers as scholars and teachers as well as for profession opportunities in research, history and media, and policy analysis and other pursuits in the public and private sectors. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and is organized by thematic fields (Public Policy History, International, Global, and Comparative History, Social and Economic History, Gender History, and Cultural History). The M.A. program serves several purposes. It is a stepping stone to the doctorate, and it is a way for interested students to extend their liberal education. The M.A. concentrations in Public History and in History & Media and the CAS in Public History are designed to train professional historians for employment outside conventional academic settings.