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  • Understanding history — the record of what people have thought, said, and done — is essential in understanding the world of today. Undergraduate and graduate students explore not only events of the past, but their meaning and implications for our own lives.

    For undergraduates, the department focuses on the broad relevance of history to a variety of careers — given the discipline’s emphasis on research, writing, and critical thinking. All students complete an original research project, either through the required senior research seminar or the BA with Distinction. Our active chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, plans field trips and hosts graduate school and career workshops. Undergraduate majors have gone on to careers in law, politics, education, journalism, business, and medicine.

    Our graduate program is characterized by close intellectual and working relationships between students and faculty. Recent graduates have received appointments on college and university faculties, in libraries and archives, and in federal and state government agencies.

    The department includes 26 current and 10 emeritus faculty members, and many have received national and international recognition for their work. The faculty includes historians of the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the Ancient World.  In addition to geographic and chronological focuses, our colleagues teach in fields such as political, social, military, and cultural history, with particular interest in political violence, empire, religion, law, women, gender and sexuality, labor, race and ethnicity, and intellectual history.

    The History Department is one of the oldest departments in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, having granted its first Ph.D. in 1883. 

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    100 Years after WWI:  The Lasting Impacts of the Great War

    100 Years after WWI: The Lasting Impacts of the Great War

    As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, History Professor David Bennett talks about the chaos and consequences of the conflict. Read more.
    Israel's Gaza illusions

    Israel's Gaza illusions

    A recent op-ed piece by assistant professor Osamah Khalil was published in The Hill. In the article, Khalil investigates Israel's invasion of Gaza, stating "a more just and peaceful future where Palestinians and Israelis live as equals is possible, but it requires abandoning, rather than embracing, delusional politicians and their policies."
    Professor William Stinchcombe dies

    Professor William Stinchcombe dies

    William C. Stinchcombe, professor emeritus of history at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

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