We look to the past to find a better way forward.

Why History?

Doing history takes time. In a world lashed by Twitter storms and data tsunamis, the student of history stands out as a beacon of calm, rigor, and humility. She sees the wisdom in slowing down, in sifting through information instead of swallowing every line, in remembering the lessons of yesterday in the rush to tomorrow.

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Meet our faculty

With over 40 full-time faculty members, the Department of History strives to be one of the preeminent humanities departments in the United States.

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Major & Minor

Gain a foundation in basic historical skills, become aware of the diversity of the global human past, and tailor your education to your interests.

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Graduate Program

Innovative approaches to the study of the past with a steadfast commitment to slow information: facts in context, fine-grained detail, archival research, and long-form communication pitched both to academic and popular audiences.

Research Around the Globe

  • Army ROTC cadet blends history and political science research to study causes of human trafficking in home state

    The History Major allows undergraduate students to travel the world, while still working on topics that hit close to home. Mary Ninneman ('19) traveled to Thailand, Greece, and Washington, D.C., studying the causes and effects of human trafficking — and those experiences inspired her to further study the issue in her home state of Nebraska. Read more about her experiences.

  • History alumnus appears on Jeopardy!

    Conor Murphy, a 2017 History and Political Science graduate, appeared on Jeopardy! on March 8. Murphy came from behind, in third place at the end of Double Jeopardy, to win the game in Final Jeopardy. He appeared in a second episode on March 11, where he finished in second place. Conor is currently a M.A. Student and Hagley Scholar in the Department of History at the University of Delaware.

  • Two History faculty named ACLS fellows

    The Notre Dame researchers — two historians and one theologian — were among 81 fellows named from more than 1,100 applicants in the 2019 award cycle. ACLS awardees are selected for excellence in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, and the fellowships support six to 12 months of full-time research and writing.

    Notre Dame winners include Yury P. Avvakumov, associate professor of theology; Katie Jarvis, assistant professor of history; and Emily Remus, assistant professor of history. Read more about their research.

  • Q&A with Philip Byers, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History

    Philip Byers is a doctoral candidate in history whose research and teaching interests include U.S. religion and political culture, with a particular focus on the interaction of religion and foundation philanthropy. He received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in higher education from Taylor University. Learn more about his path through the program here.

  • History major travels to Mexico City and Washington, D.C. to conduct research

    History major Nora McGreevy traveled to Mexico City for 2 weeks to research at the Archivo Historico de UNAM. She is researching the role of women in the Escuelas de Pintura al Aire Libre, a group of state-sponsored experimental art schools in the 1920s and 30s in Mexico that aimed primarily to teach art to young indigenous students. She received grant funding for a 2-week-long research trip to the Coyoacán colonia of Mexico City and 1 week in Washington, D.C. through the Glynn Family Honors Program under the guidance of Professor Ocobock in the Honors History Colloquium. In Washington, D.C. she researched at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, in the personal archive of Elsa Rogo, an American teacher and journalist who worked in these schools during the early 1930s. She is pictured here at "Casa Azul," Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's home, in Coyoacán. Kahlo and Rivera were active during this time period & Rivera in particular was a longtime advocate for the schools. Learn more about student opportunities.

As I have continued to study history at the University, I am further convinced that understanding history is essential for the pursuit of a more just world.

Amanda Ball '18