Department of History

  • The Study of People

    History encompasses the human past and all kinds of human activity. This includes, but is not limited to, the institutions people create, their relationships with their environments and one another, the cultures they develop, the decisions and actions they take, and the ways they understand and view the world.

    What can you do with a History degree?


The Department of History

History is a discipline; a series of practices that are historical in their basic approach and object that links our contemporary world to the past. Its practitioners subject evidence to rigorous analysis and synthesize sources to formulate coherent, logical narratives.  Historians use evidence to understand the historical process and develop arguments over the meaning of the past. The historical discipline is concerned with the questions of change and continuity, the complexities of causality and contingency, and the critical role of social context and individual motivation. Our discipline requires its practitioners to meet accepted standards of professionalism over and above the technical and to adhere to stringent expectations for academic integrity and honesty. 

The habits of analysis and critical thinking provided by the discipline will make graduating History Majors more competent, conscientious and effective in whatever professional activities they may pursue. Students of history may utilize these skills to pursue employment and advancement within the historical profession as well as in advanced degrees in fields such as education and law.The story of the past encompasses all of human activity: understanding its significance encourages us to be active and engaged citizens. Ultimately, history matters because it shows that the choices that we make help shape the world we create.

Spotlight on Faculty

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Dr. Ian Hartman has been a member of the UAA History Department since 2011 and in May 2016 won a Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award!

Read more about Dr. Hartman

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