From the Director

From the Director of Undergraduate Studies in History

The Department of History’s undergraduate programs educate students in the diversity and experience of the global past. They also prepare students to enter a wide variety of careers, by developing their ability to engage in critical thinking. History students learn to look at the human past in all its complexity, and find pattern and meaning in ambiguous and complicated sets of facts. They learn to recognize the enormous range of human experiences across the centuries, and to express their findings orally and in writing. Some students immediately employ these timeless skills in the working world, while many others choose to continue their education at law schools or in search of graduate and doctoral degrees.

To prepare our students, over twenty professors are currently part of the Department’s Faculty, offering scholarship that covers all major eras of American, European, and World history. Several professors also possess extensive professional training in nautical archaeology and museum studies. Others have focused their research on maritime, naval, and military history. Members of the Department maintain an active research agenda, publishing articles in the major historical journals as well as books with leading university and commercial presses. Please use the faculty and staff link to learn about the members of the Department. These pages contain information about the faculty’s teaching, research, and service areas.

The Department of History offers the Bachelor of Arts in History. Minors are available in History and Public history. The History Department also plays a key role in the College of Education’s BS in History, Secondary Education, as well as Interdisciplinary programs such as the BA or minor in African and African American Studies and the minor in Asian Studies.

As this and accompanying web pages cannot answer every possible question on the many offerings of the Department of History nor on the potential opportunities for history degrees, please feel free to contact the department by phone with questions. You can also email the History program directly. For questions concerning the BA Degree, send your queries to Dr. Timothy Jenks at We would like to hear from those interested in our programs and promise to respond quickly to any messages you might send.

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