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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.


of majors engage in hands-on learning


of majors gain an understanding of diverse peoples and cultures


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.

    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.

    Phi Alpha Theta

    A professional honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

    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.


    Department of History

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


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