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Study History at OSU

Because history is...
more than just a collection of facts about the past. History is community, debate, identity. History is our map to the present. Students can pursue the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History alongside faculty who have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, public engagement, and scholarship. With courses covering all geographic spaces and time periods and specializations in the American West, Native American History, and Public History, students with a wide variety of interests and career goals will find a home in the Department of History.

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Undergraduate Studies

Our courses give students a broad understanding of the evolution of civilizations, peoples, countries, and institutions. The department's instruction is designed to aid students interested in education, law, journalism, business, public service, and even scientific and technical disciplines.

Graduate Studies

Our graduate program offers an M.A., Ph.D., and a graduate certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies for students interested in pursuing advanced study in a wide range of historical fields.

Public History

Specialized training in Public History prepares students for careers in and outside of academia. Our graduates work at archives, museums, historical societies, and universities across the country.

Upcoming Events

OSU Humanities Initiative Virtual Panel Discussion: Women of Black Wall Street
Join Dr. Wells and her former students on Tuesday, February 1, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CST as they discuss the challenges and rewards of working on the imporant new digital resource, Women of Black Wall Street. Created in Dr. Wells' HIST 4073: Digital Methods in History at OSU, the project educates visitors about women's contributions to Historic Greenwood, the thriving Black community in Tulsa, OK.
Flyer for the HI event panel discussion on the Women of Black Wall Street. Includes four photos of the panelists.


Faculty Recognition
We congratulate our faculty members on their many accomplishments. Most recently, Dr. Douglas K. Miller and Dr. Brandy Thomas Wells were recognized by the university for their outstanding service and research. Dr. Miller was awarded the Graduate College's Outstanding Graduate Coordinator and Dr. Wells received the Dr. Patricia Bell Inclusive Excellence Award, the Women's Faculty Council Rising Star Award, and The Award for Excellence in Advancement of the Land-Grant Mission.
Dr. Wells, a Black woman in a black turleneck with glasses stands in front of three awards and next to a flower arrangement.


Faculty Publications

"Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past"
In the past year, History Department faculty published five new books. To celebrate the authors and share their expertise with the public, the department launched a five-part public program series called, "Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past." Check out each of the talks below as well as a complete list of faculty book publications.


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With a broad range of thematic and regional expertise, our faculty work closely with students to pursue their interests.

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