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Welcome to the Department of History

students in the 1940s

Why study history?

Unidentified student group, 1940s, University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton.

Why study history?

students in the 1940s

Unidentified student group, 1940s, University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton.


We offer our students a challenging yet flexible program of study that emphasizes both the distinctiveness and the utility of the historian's craft.

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Opportunities and Activities

Extra-curricular activities enhance the learning experience beyond the classroom.

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About our students

Our students are engaged in the classroom and beyond, through blogs, podcasts, campus events and more.

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About our Faculty and Staff

Our distinctive faculty teach courses focusing not only on past events and developments, but also on the manner in which historians gather evidence and reach conclusions.

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Learn about careers in history.

The skills of today's historian are often used across disciplines and in many professional settings.

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Connect with alumni.

Department of History alumni, please stay in touch. Your insights are invaluable to our majors.

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Our faculty are involved.

Read about the research and scholarship projects of our faculty.

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In the News
Faculty 06.25.20
College Faculty in the News: June 25, 2020

Historians Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders and Julius Amin have been at the forefront of the discussion of race in America with writings and interviews for regional, national and international news outlets. Follow this and other recent media coverage of the service, research, scholarship and commentary of College of Arts and Sciences programs and their faculty.

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Experiential Learning 05.05.20
Five University of Dayton students and alumni awarded Fulbright scholarships

Teaching English in South Korea through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has special meaning for University of Dayton alumnus Will Landers ’19, who is one of five University students and recent alumni to receive 2020-21 Fulbright awards.

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Faculty 01.28.20
Christopher Agnew appointed as new Department of History chair

The University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences has appointed Christopher Agnew as the new Department of History chair. Agnew, an associate professor of history and current director of the International Studies program, joined the University faculty in 2006. He will begin his new role July 1.

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