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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

Department of History Fall Reception
Join the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of History for the 2022 History Fall Reception. If you are interested in a minor in History or Ancient and Medieval Studies, or just want to meet with your fellow students and history faculty, this event is for you! Stop by Student Union Exhibit Room 1 (Room 413), Tuesday, November 1st, from 2 to 4 pm, for free food and drinks and to learn more about the History Department! All are welcome. 
History Department Reception


OSU History Graduate Elected Phi Alpha Theta Vice President
Hosok O, who earned his PhD in History from OSU, was recently elected Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta. He was inaugurated on January 7, 2023, during the PAT Biennial Convention at Albuquerque, NM. Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. Hosok's wife Yukie also earned her PhD in History from OSU. Learn more about Hosok from his official PAT bio
Hosok PAT Image


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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