Historians develop, challenge, and revise narratives and interpretations of human events to understand both past developments and their implications for the present. Through close analysis of primary sources, students learn to frame historical questions, pursue independent research, and present their ideas clearly and persuasively. The history major prepares students for a broad range of careers, and our graduates have become professionals in fields including business, education, historic preservation, information science, journalism, law, and public service.

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Joy Sales ʼ13 has been awarded a a highly-competitive 2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship by the Fellowships Office of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Associate Professor of History Ed Cohn compares the show "The Americans" to the Cold War events it portrays in The Washington Post.