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
Students Recognized at 2019 Honors Convocation
History students Anna Boyle, Luisa Fink, Liudmila Grishina, Ayrika Johnson, Dylann Leal, Mariah Lorenz, Kaylee Miller, Celeste Richardson, Carly Rinehardt, Aubrey White, and MichaelAnn Wilson were recognized on April 14th for excellence in their program. Congratulations! View the event program. See all the event photos.
Steven Seegel's Book, Map Men, Published
More than just colorful clickbait or pragmatic city grids, maps are often deeply emotional tales: of political projects gone wrong, budding relationships that failed, and countries that vanished. In Map Men, Steven Seegel re-creates the public and private worlds of East Central Europe’s geographers as they interacted with and influenced one another. Multilingual geographers played key roles in defining and redefining borders, territories, nations—and, ultimately, the interconnection of the world through two world wars. The book reexamines the families and friendships, generational sagas, and interrupted professional lives that lay hidden in the history of science and technology, the everyday microworlds behind the rise of Nazism and Stalinism, and the reasons why East Central Europe became the dramatic stage of such developments.
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.