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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

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Sarah Bond appointed Holtsmark Associate Professor

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
History Professor Sarah Bond is one of two faculty members appointed to the Holtsmark Associate Professorship. She was one of four CLAS faculty recently honored with new named professorships in classics.
Michaela Hoenicke Moore

History Professor to Serve as Academic Year Freiburg Director

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Professor Michaela Hoenicke Moore will serve as Academic Director for the Academic Year Freiburg (AYF) program during the 2023-24 academic year.
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PhD Candidate Sam Boucher awarded Fulbright to Paraguay

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Sam Boucher will go to Paraguay in 2024 to further his research on his dissertation, “Unlikely Brethren: Indigenous-Mennonite Cooperatives in Paraguay, 1940-1980.” 

Upcoming events

History Writing Center Workshop: Taking Exams

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Schaeffer Hall
Learn from experts in the History Writing Center. Just in time for finals, we will share tips and tricks for taking history exams.
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Hawkeye History Corps

Thursday, November 30, 2023 6:00pm
Bi-weekly meeting of the Hawkeye History Corps, a student-led organization for any undergraduate interested in history. 
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Out of the Archive: Sara Gómez's De cierta manera (One Way or Another) Film Screening

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:15pm
FilmScene (Chauncey)
Please join us at FilmScene this fall for a monthly screening and discussion series, Out of the Archive: Envisioning Blackness. A continuation of conversations begun last spring in the inaugural Out of the Archive program, the series showcases the vibrant, multifaceted tradition of Black cinema by presenting rarely screened and/or recently restored films. Tickets are pay-what-you-can (with students, in particular, encouraged to pick $0). Join us before each screening for a free dinner reception...
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