The history department is the most international department on campus.
Our faculty members teach and conduct research on Europe, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, the United States, and numerous transnational and global themes.
We collectively speak and read more than a dozen foreign languages: French, German, Spanish, Latin, Classical and Modern Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, Russian, Portuguese, Quechua, Kiswahili, and Turkish among others. Many of us offer sections of our courses in foreign languages, including Chinese, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Our history courses explore the forces of political and social power, the dynamics of statecraft for empires and nations, the history of sexuality, democracy in theory and action, racism and anti-racist movements, the global origins of banking and finance, human mobility across time, cultural and countercultural movements, religious practice, networks, ideology, and institutionalization, the history of science and medicine, and numerous other themes. Members of the history department work closely with students, supervising independent research projects, senior theses and independent studies.
By studying history, students develop critical thinking skills, the ability to reason through social, cultural, and ethical problems, effective written and verbal communication, and the ability to research, evaluate, and synthesize large quantities of information. These skills enable students of history to understand the past, present, and the potential futures of the changing world around us.
Our students have used these skills and ways of thinking to pursue many different paths in life. They have become professors and businesspeople, teachers and journalists, lawyers and doctors, have worked in advertising and public relations, in politics and public service, and many other careers.