some of the incredible students at the department of history

History & Classics

Passionate faculty. Incredible students. 

These are essential ingredients to the best history and classics departments — like ours. Our faculty members know their way around the world — from the Americas and Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They’re also authorities on the issues — from the Renaissance and Ronald Reagan, slavery and samurais, women and war​, and much more.

Our students, inside the classroom and beyond it, are captivated by the events and cultures​​​ — from Russia and the Reformation to Native Americans and nationalism — that have shaped our world. They have gone on to become educators and lawyers, CEOs and community organizers, diplomats and peacemakers.

Away from the classroom, internships and our history club bring lessons to life — as does our annual Maymester course, which has taken students to Germany, Poland, Hungary, England, Ireland, and Japan in the past three years. So, whether you want to see the world from your classroom seat or travel it by the se​​at of ​your pants, we want you to take the journey with us.

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

Check out our Faculty page to learn more about what we’ve been doing.

What’s News?

  • We are currently accepting applications for an assistant professor in Modern British History beginning fall 2019.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Murphy for winning a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend award.
  • We are proud to congratulate Dr. Ray Sickinger, whose recent biography of Frédéric Ozanam, Antoine Frédéric Ozanam, has been granted the first place book award by the 2018 National Catholic Press Association.
  • We are pleased to announce Dr. Jeff Johnson, professor of history, as the new director to the Graduate History Program. We would like extend our gratitude to Dr. Paul O’Malley for his 23 years of dedicated service to the program.
  • Dr. Alex Orquiza and Dr. Ted Andrews received the 2018 Arts & Sciences Dean’s Recognition Award.