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  

On May 26, 78 members of the Class of 2018 were inducted into Wesleyan’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest national scholastic honor society. The Wesleyan Gamma Chapter was organized in 1845 and is the ninth-oldest chapter in the country.

Jack Guenther

Erik Grimmer-Solem is a scholar of modern German history, with specializations in economic and social history. His upcoming second book, Learning Empire: Globalization and the German Quest for World Status 1875–1918, under contract with Cambridge University Press, reinterprets the full arc of Imperial Germany’s history and offers a new perspective on the origins of the First World War and National Socialism. His scholarship on the Holocaust made headlines in Germany and was the subject of parliamentary discussions that led to the renaming of a military base in 2015. He offers courses on a wide range of topics in German history, the history of the welfare state, economic history, and historiography. He received a Binswanger Prize for his teaching in 2013.
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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