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 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 McKnight Nichols (Wesleyan '00), History Professor and Director of the OSU Center for the Humanities from Oregon State University, will explain the origins, development, and central tenets of American isolationism. The talk will focus on the rise of "America First" in the early 1940s and WWII and the event will aim to illuminate how this history has implications that shape present policies and debates. 4:30 P.M., PAC 002.

May 3, History Department Ice Cream Social. Come to meet history faculty and fellow students, and enjoy ice cream.  Zelnick Pavilion, 4:30 P.M.

May 9, Victoria Smolkin, Assistant Professor in History, Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore Event: "A Sacred Space is Never Empty". 7:00 P.M., RJ Julia Bookstore.

May 23, History Department Honors Dinner, Luce Restaurant, 6:00 P.M.

Interview with Jennifer Tucker about her colloquium talk to the Johns Hopkins Graduate Program in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology


Allegra Ayida '18 presented a portion of her history thesis titled "Three Olus: Symbolism and Exchange in the Early Modern History of the Warri Kingdom, 1597-1653," at the Greater New York Area African History Workshop on March 2, 2018, hosted by Columbia University.

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