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History unlocks important insights into the world we inhabit. But we also find intellectual satisfaction, and wisdom, in understanding the past on its own terms. Because of the geographical breadth of our courses, history students develop a global consciousness as they develop key transferable skills such as critical thinking, communication, and empathy.

The World is Calling: History Majors

History is the centerpiece of a humanities education. It's about problem-solving, gathering evidence, and fitting that evidence together to understand what happened in past societies - and why those things happened.


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News and announcements

History Faculty and Staff win UI Awards

Monday, April 8, 2024
Heineman, Howard, Kelley and Warren honored

Outstanding TA Maddison Kuncl

Monday, April 8, 2024
Congratulations to PhD Student Maddison Kuncl, who was selected as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant for 2023. 
Stromquist Claiming the City

Shelton Stromquist wins the 2023 "Book of the Year" award from ILHA

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Professor Emeritus Shelton Stromquist won the 2023 “Book of the Year Award” for labor history from the International Labor History Association (ILHA) for his book, Claiming the City: A Global History of Workers’ Fight for Municipal Socialism.

Upcoming events

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History Senior Send-off

Thursday, April 18, 2024 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Schaeffer Hall
At the History Senior Send-off, we will honor the newest History BA grads, present certificates to award winners, and enjoy pizza, treats, and fellowship.
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Hawkeye History Corps event

Thursday, April 18, 2024 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Schaeffer Hall
I Came, I Saw, I Advised: Historical Consulting for Game Design
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