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History

Welcome to the Department of History

The Department of History offers students a challenging yet flexible program of study that emphasizes both the distinctiveness and the utility of the historian's craft. Our program is distinctive in that all history courses focus not only on the past's exciting events and developments, but also on the manner in which historians gather their evidence and reach their conclusions.

Successful Americans have long understood that a knowledge of history offers opportunities to make better decisions today. A history background can provide important advantages in analyzing contemporary events and trends. Whether in business or in service, good solutions today depend on a clear understanding of yesterday. By learning from the past, we can improve the future. Even in daily life, history not only informs but instructs. The skills of the historian – critical thinking and the ability to conduct documentary research – can influence the way we read a newspaper, shop for a car, trace our family lineage or evaluate the performance of our institutions.

In the News
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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Humanities and Social Sciences 12.03.19
Humanities majors find community at Heritage

The humanities are percolating marked interest at Heritage Coffee House as the weekly, go-to, caffeinated hot spot on campus.

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Department of History

Humanities
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1540
937-229-2848
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