History is a way of understanding the whole of the human condition as it has unfolded in time. Without history, nothing makes sense, from the meaning of words to the formation of identities, to institutions, states, and societies. History straddles the boundary between the social sciences and humanities. Like the other social sciences, it has established methods of investigation and proof, but it differs from them in that it encompasses, potentially, every area of human culture from the beginning of recorded time. Like the other humanities, it uses ordinary language and established modes of telling its stories, but it is constrained by evidence left us from the past.

The History Department is home to a distinguished group of scholar-teachers whose work ranges from the medieval to the post-modern, from the Middle East to the Midwest, from gender and sexuality to science and economics, from micro-history to world history.  


History Fall 2017 Open House Pics

Open House Fall 2017

Open house

 open house  

Spring 2018

April 2, Professor William Pinch will present “Blown from Cannon”: A History of Violence 1857-1764". 6:00 PM, Daniel Family Commons, Usdan.

April 9, Professor Ying Jia Tan will present “Catastrophes and Centralization of Urban Planning in Modern China”.  6:00 PM, Daniel Family Commons, Usdan.

April 25, Emilia Jamroziak, Professor of Medieval Religious History, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies, will talk on "A Saint in a Hollow Tree and a Miracle that is not a Miracle: How to Create a Saint’s Cult in the later Middle Ages", 4:30 P.M., PAC 421.

April 30, Professor Ethan Kleinberg will give his outgoing lecture as Director of CFH, “Haunting History: Grand Digital Schemes in a Modest Analog Box.”  6:00 PM, Daniel Family Commons, Usdan.

May 2, Christopher Nichols, Professor at Oregon State University and Director of their Center for the Humanities will give a talk on isolationism (specific title to come). He will visit from May 1-4, 2018, meeting with our majors as well as colleagues from the department and Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities.