• Department of History

    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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    Kutcher receives graduate faculty recognition award

    Norman Kutcher, associate professor and chair of history, was among the eight recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. The award honors faculty who have a significant, positive influence on graduate education at Syracuse University through their commitment to superior graduate teaching, dedication to departmental and community presence, and research initiatives.
     

    Maxwell students receive Fulbright UK Summer Institute grants

    Kevin Treadway, a freshman history and political science major, and Janaisa Walker, a sophomore policy studies major, have been named as student cultural ambassadors through the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s UK Summer Institute program. The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are fully funded three- to four-week summer study programs for first- and second-year U.S. undergraduates.
     

    Maxwell celebrates graduates, faculty at Commencement Weekend 2018

    Service. Leadership. Citizenship. The core values of the Maxwell community were on display at the 164th Syracuse University Commencement weekend celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of 2018 graduates and faculty.