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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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    Maxwell School announces Karen DeYoung as graduate convocation speaker

    Maxwell School announces Karen DeYoung as graduate convocation speaker

    Karen DeYoung, an award-winning senior national security correspondent and associate editor for The Washington Post, will deliver the Maxwell School’s graduate convocation address on May 9 in Hendricks Chapel.
     
    Hromadzic and McCormick win Meredith Teaching Recognition Awards

    Hromadzic and McCormick win Meredith Teaching Recognition Awards

    Assistant professors Azra Hromadzic of Anthropology and Gladys McCormick of History have received a Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, given to non-tenured faculty members for  teaching innovation, effectiveness in communicating with students, and the lasting value of courses.
     
    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.
     

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