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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 25 current and 11 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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    Khalil's America's Dream Palace reviewed in Commonweal

    Khalil's America's Dream Palace reviewed in Commonweal

    America's Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State, written by Osamah Khalil, assistant professor of history, was recently reviewed in Commonweal.
     
    Ebner awarded NEH funding to research Mussolini's rule in Africa

    Ebner awarded NEH funding to research Mussolini's rule in Africa

    Michael Ebner, associate professor and chair of history, was awarded a $6,000 Summer Stipend Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to conduct archival research in Rome on Mussolini’s rule in Africa.
     
    Hromadžić, Lasch-Quinn receive faculty recognition award

    Hromadžić, Lasch-Quinn receive faculty recognition award

    Azra Hromadžić, assistant professor of anthropology, and Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, professor of history, were among the six recipients of the 2017 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. The award honors faculty who have a significant, positive influence on graduate education at Syracuse University.