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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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Revisiting Dayton History
A Letter to W.E.B. Du Bois

In 1930, W.E.B. Du Bois, the great civil rights leader, scholar and author, wrote to the University of Dayton to ask for information on African American enrollment. Du Bois was gathering information for an article about higher education in The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. This video explores the University of Dayton's response.

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Rebirth of the Dayton Arcade

Purchasing the Dayton Arcade was an important component of the University of Dayton's partnership with the community surrounding campus. The Arcade's place in the Dayton's History brings an opportunity for history faculty and students as well.

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In a project that lasted for over a year, and through the capstone course taught by Dr. Todd Uhlman, students helped to excavate the past and explain the legacy of one of the most important spaces in the rise of the Gem City."

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In the News at UD
Experiential Learning 09.08.20
Marie Poinsatte: Dean's Summer Fellowship Research on Women's Suffrage in Dayton

Marie Poinsatte, a senior history major and College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Summer Fellowship recipient, spent the spring and summer of 2020 studying the women’s suffrage movement in Dayton.

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Experiential Learning 07.21.20
University of Dayton students work virtual internships for Ohio Statehouse offices

University of Dayton Flyers running back Richie Warfield is working this summer as an intern for the office of Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted ’89, who earned All-American honors as a cornerback and kick returner for the Flyers, and was a starter on UD's 1989 NCAA Division III national championship football team.

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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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Other News Stories
Faculty interview brings international attention to U.S. Confederate symbolism

Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders recently did a live interview with Al Jazeera English about the banning the Confederate flag from U.S. military sites. 

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