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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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    New biography of Bill Clinton brings rare historical perspective to the life and career of the 42nd president

    New biography of Bill Clinton brings rare historical perspective to the life and career of the 42nd president

    David Bennett, professor emeritus of history at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, has authored Bill Clinton:  Building a Bridge to the New Millennium (Routledge), a fascinating and meticulously researched new biography of the 42nd U.S. president.
     
    Thompson on Gillibrand’s Small Victories Promise Big Payoffs

    Thompson on Gillibrand’s Small Victories Promise Big Payoffs

    Associate Professor Margaret Susan Thompson was quoted in a recent article about a narrowly-defeated proposal initiated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) involving the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the U.S. military.
     
    Junko Takeda named one of the Maxwell School's inaugural O’Hanley Faculty Scholars

    Junko Takeda named one of the Maxwell School's inaugural O’Hanley Faculty Scholars

    Made possible by the O’Hanley family, the three year appointment is given to faculty who exhibit exemplary teaching and research among the Maxwell faculty.
     

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