For more than a century, historians have played a central role in the University. In fact, History courses were taught from the very first day of the University’s existence, September 15, 1892. History was a one-person department in 1900, had grown to eleven by 1930, and today is staffed by almost fifty historians who occupy tenure-track and lectureship positions. In the 1920s and 1930s, the department became nationally know for its emphasis on Western American and American History and offered an M.A. as early as 1927 and the Ph.D. as early as 1946. Since that time the Department has issued over 300 advanced degrees. Today, colleagues teach over 7,400 students a year out of a student population of some 23,000 in courses that cover almost all time periods and the entire globe.
Reflecting a growing interest in reaching across academic boundaries, Department members are also active in interdisciplinary programs ranging from Women’s Studies to Judaic Studies, to the School of International and Area Studies. At the undergraduate level, our courses increase our students’ Historical knowledge and train them in the research and communication skills that are essential to success in a variety of public and private sector careers.
At the graduate level, we award degrees in many different fields of study but focus on training students in four major areas: Western American, Native American, Environmental, and Latin American History. Our award-winning faculty members are eager to share their expertise, and we hope that you find this website useful in exploring the many opportunities available for all students.