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Understanding today by understanding yesterday.

The study of history provides students with important skills – including critical reading, writing and thinking – that will make them informed citizens ready to work for the common good. The study of history not only prepares students to participate in civic life, but is also a stepping stone to careers in many diverse fields.

  • 100%

    of majors engage in hands-on learning

  • 100%

    of majors gain an understanding of diverse peoples and cultures

  • Flexibility

    students can obtain a double major or one or more minors

A High-Quality Education

All First-Year History Majors are Enrolled in the Core Program Hands-On Experience Meet Your Personal and Professional Goals

To deepen the learning experience, Core students live together while participating in an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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Students can practice and see the value of their research, writing and critical thinking skills, which are developed through coursework, seminars and internships

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Students may concentrate their studies in areas such as business, international affairs, pre-law, or historical administration, preservation and archival management. Course work in new fields such as business, legal and science history prepare you for careers in our fast-paced world.


Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about history? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2848. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

University Archives

On-campus internships are available to students in the University of Dayton Archives, which chronicles our development into a top Catholic, Marianist institution of higher learning.

Opportunities and activities

Both curricular and extra-curricular activities can enhance the learning experience beyond the classroom. Learn about some of the activities in which our students participate.

Dean's Summer Fellowship Program

Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

Stander Symposium

An annual campus-wide forum to showcase academic excellence and recognize student learning through faculty-mentored undergraduate research, scholarship and artistic accomplishment.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Department of History

Humanities, Room 400
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1540


average class size of upper-level history courses