Welcome to the Department of History
History is central to our understanding of human experience. The study of the past allows us to place our world in context, whether we want to understand international crises or social relations within our own communities. The skills of the historian – the ability to do research, to think critically, and to write clearly and persuasively – are essential in the 21st century.
Our department maintains an international reputation for excellence, especially in labor and urban history and the history of governance and citizenship. We invite you to learn more about how we teach undergraduate students the historian’s skills and train graduate students as professional historians.