History is central to our understanding of the world today. Studying the past allows us to place our world in context, to explore our family and national legacies, and to see how the threads of our experience are part of the social fabric. The skills of the historian – the ability to do research, to think critically, and to write clearly and persuasively – help us to make these connections.

Our department maintains an international reputation for excellence in the fields of urban, labor, and political history and in the history of gender and women. Our faculty have interests that span the globe, ask hard questions about race and inequality, engage the public with debates about human rights and social justice.

We invite you to join us—as undergraduate majors, students looking for answers about past societies and the roots of our own, as graduate students seeking the historian's skills to teach ideas, to interpret evidence, to portray experience, and to tell a story, and as alumni, who attend events and remain part of our community.