Gauging Our Progress and Significance

The discipline of history concerns itself with fleshing out and maintaining the record of the human past, thereby forming an indispensable background for all other areas of knowledge—in the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. By learning history, we define and measure ourselves and gauge both our progress and our significance.

The history department offers courses in the Liberal Arts Core contributing to the liberal education of students from all areas of the university, and also offers a major with two distinct emphases—a liberal arts emphasis and a teaching emphasis—as well as a minor. Additionally, our master's degree program is designed to extend and deepen the training of history teachers at the graduate level.

Our faculty are the mainstay of the department as well as the source of its excellence. Having won the university’s Distinguished Scholars, Advisor of the Year, and Teaching Excellence awards, they contribute in manifold ways to the education of all of UNC’s undergraduates.

News and Announcements

history honorees

Students from the History Department were recognized for academic excellence at the annual HSS Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Lauren Belisairo, Helen Brewer, Drew Heiderscheidt, Nikolas Persons, Katie Leeper, William McShane, Sean Sorrell, Courtney Turner, and Roger Wadsworth! View the full list of honorees here and check out more photos on the HSS Facebook page.

Thanks to his knowledge of Mexican history, Dr. Robert Weis was recently quoted in a New York Times obituary of the founder of the Bimbo bakery, “a Mexican conglomerate whose trademarks now include Wonder Bread, Sara Lee, Entenmann’s, Thomas’ English muffins, Brownberry, Boboli and, in Britain, New York-brand bagels.” 

Congratulations to Graduate Student Jamie Fogg, who won both the Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence and the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Thesis!  

History Day

In early March, UNC hosts a day filled with history and fun. Hundreds of middle and high school students from northeastern Colorado participate in UNC History Day. Students present their research to panels of scholars including faculty members from UNC’s History Department. Performances, documentaries and website presentations are open to the public and attendees may view exhibits at scheduled times.


 History Day