Exploring the past to shape the future

  • About This Program

    Travel through time in our History program, where you’ll learn to use the past to understand the present — and shape the future. Guided by distinguished faculty, you’ll explore the political, social, economic and cultural forces that shape our everyday lives.

    As a history major, you’ll learn to analyze conflicting evidence, to find cause and effect, to express yourself effectively and to ask relevant questions. Through careful observation and evaluation of information, you’ll seek explanations for human events, past and present.

    You’ll have the opportunity to study the breadth of human experience, and acquire the skills in critical reading and writing that form the foundation of an educated life—and lead to a rewarding career.

  • Minor(s)


    An excellent complement to any degree, a History minor helps you build a foundational understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural forces that influence human life.

    Public History

    Apply history to the real-world with our Public History minor. You’ll learn to share historical knowledge and methods with the general public through various media and artifacts, giving you solid communication, technical and critical thinking skills in the fast-growing field.

  • Meet Our Faculty

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    John Cerullo

    Professor of History
    History Program
    Humanities Division
    Pandora Mill Building

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    Robert Macieski

    Associate Professor
    History Program
    Humanities Division
    Pandora Mill Building

  • Experience


    Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart.

    “Internships really improve that resume and show not only is this person book smart, but this person also has demonstrated what they’re looking for as employers,” says John Cerullo, professor of history.

    History majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

    • Franco-American Centre
    • Green Alliance
    • Manchester Historic Association and its Millyard Museum
    • Mariposa Museum of World Cultures
    • New Hampshire Historical Society
    • Portsmouth Historical Society

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  • Your Career

    History majors get the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that employers in any industry look for. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many of the careers that require these skills, creating a wealth of opportunity for history majors.

    Whether you want to pursue a career in education, business, government, law or the arts, or go on to get your doctoral degree to teach at a university — the skills you’ll gain in our program will prepare you for a bright future.

    Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
    Advertising, Promotions or Marketing Manager 12% $115,750
    Archivist, Curator or Museum Worker 11% $44,410
    High School Teacher 6% $55,040
    Historian 6% $52,480
    History Teacher, Postsecondary 19% $68,970
    Human Resources Specialist 7% $55,640
    Middle School Teacher 12% $53,430
    Paralegal or Legal Assistant 17% $46,990
  • Student Stories

  • Course Descriptions

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      HIST 405W - (M1) - History of Early America

      America from the early era of European discovery to the mid-19th century. Emphasizes the interaction of European, Native American, and African peoples; the separation of the English colonies from Great Britain; and the establishment and early history of the United States. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 406 - History of Modern US

      History of the United States since the mid-19th century. Political, social, and economic developments as well as relationships of the modern U.S. with other countries. Not open to majors or minors who elected HIST 410.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 406W - History of Modern US

      History of the United States since the mid-19th century. Political, social, and economic developments as well as relationships of the modern U.S. with other countries. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4.00

      HIST 410 - Historical Survey of American Civilization

      This course explores major themes and developments in the history of medical science, health, and illness in North America from pre-contact to present. Topics include: America’s role in global scientific networks and health initiatives; ideas about the body, illness, and wellness; the changing practices of professional and lay healing; the impact of epidemics and health crises on American society; and patient experiences over time.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 421 - World History to the 16th Century

      The global experience of human communities with special emphasis on the development of the major civilizations and their interactions. Comparisons of social, cultural, religious, and political life and the emergence of distinctive and diverse human societies are examined
      Credits: 4

      HIST 422 - World History in the Modern Era

      Emergence of major global human interactions due to the growth of major civilizations. The global context for the rise of the modern West. The rise and decline of Western global domination and emergence of new states and changing societies throughout the world.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 425 - Foreign Cultures

      Introduces the culture of a particular nation or region; preparation for experiencing a foreign culture. Consult department for listing of topics.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 425W - The Mediterranean World

      Introduces the culture of a particular nation or region; preparation for experiencing a foreign culture. The region studied this semester will be "The Mediterranean World." Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4.00

      HIST 435-436 - Western Civilization

      The classical origins and evolution of European civilization through the Renaissance, Reformation, and voyages of discovery. The rise of Europe to global supremacy in the 19th century and its transformation in the 20th century. 435W and 436W are writing intensive
      Credits: 4

      HIST 436W - Western Civilization

      The classical origins and evolution of European civilization through the Renaissance, Reformation, and voyages of discovery. The rise of Europe to global supremacy in the 19th century and its transformation in the 20th century. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 444E - Americans at War: Society, Culture and the Homefront During the Cold War, 1946-1991

      This course will examine how the preparation for war, war itself, and the legacy of war shape American society, culture, and national identity. Students will explore the relationship of war to topics such as American politics, literature, music, visual arts, popular culture as well as gender, ethnic, and race relations. This course will be primarily discussion based on the short writing assignments each week. Students will research topics of their choice in the second and third parts of the course.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 497 - Explorations in Historical Perspectives

      Seminar for freshmen and sophomores. In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 500 - Introduction to Historical Thinking

      Basic skills essential to the study of history: critical reading of historical literature, improvement of written and oral analysis of historical material, and use of library resources. Intensive study of books and documents from varying historical fields and periods. Required of history majors; open to other interested students. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 505-506 - African American History

      Experiences, aspirations, and contributions of black Americans from their ethnic origins in Africa to the present American crisis in race relations; comparative study of cultures and institutions. 505 Colonial America to the Civil War. 506 Reconstruction to the present. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 511 - History of New Hampshire

      From presettlement times to the present, emphasizing the use of locally available materials and sources.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 595 - Explorations

      See department listings for semester topic. Topic Empire, Democracy, and War is Writing intensive.
      Credits: 1-4

      HIST 595 - Exp/Issues in Public History

      This course will explore some key themes in public history. Topics will include an overview of the history of museums, digital history, material culture, oral history, and the treatment of history in popular culture.
      Credits: 4.00

      HIST 600 - Exp/Great Trials

      The course will study in depth six important trials: the trial of Socrates; the Salem witchcraft trials; the trial of King Louis XVI; the trials of Oscar Wilde; the Scopes ''Monkey'' trial; and the Nuremberg trials. Each serves as a window on a particular society at a particular historical moment. Each also raises questions about some fundamental aspect of justice itself, as we in the West have understood it. Taken together, these trials provide a platform for discussing the evolution of the idea of the rights-bearing citizen in Western history.
      Credits: 4.00

      HIST 603 - The European Conquest of America

      Study of the social consequences of colonization, migration, and war in America, 1500-1775. Emphasis on the interaction of British colonies with competing European cultures (French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish), with Native Americans, and with African American slaves.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 605 - Revolutionary America, 1750-1788

      Examines the social, political, and cultural transformation of thirteen British colonies into the United States, up to the adoption of the Constitution.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 606 - History of the Early Republic

      Explores the histories of the people and institutions that transformed the new United States from a coastal republic of largely independent freeholders to a transcontinental democracy increasingly driven by class. Topics include slavery, the family, reform movements, and the formation of national identity.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 612 - Emergence of Industrial America

      Investigates the economic transformation of 19th-century America from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, industrial one. Explores the sweeping economic changes and focuses on such topics as change in work and leisure, westward expansion and its effects on Native Americans, shifts in gender roles, growth of a consumer culture, rise of the labor unions, Populism, immigration, reform and regulation movements, growth of American imperialism, and intellectual developments.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 615-616 - 20th-Century America

      U.S. after 1900; cultural, political, and social factors causing major changes in American life. Semester I: Progressivism through the New Deal. Semester II: World War II to the present.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 617 - The Vietnam War

      An advanced interdisciplinary study of the American experience in Vietnam which utilizes fiction, film, music, and historical analysis to examine such matters as how and why the United States became involved in Vietnam, went to war there, and failed to win, as well as the consequences and legacies of that fateful conflict. It is strongly suggested that students first complete courses in modern American history
      Credits: 4

      HIST 624 - Topics in Modern United States Social History

      Advanced study of topics in U.S. social history since the Age of Jackson. Topics will vary; may include such examples as slavery and the antebellum South; reform movements in U.S. history; family history; labor history; the impact of war on American society; race in recent U.S. history. May be repeated as topics change.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 640 - Holy War in the Holy Land: The Medieval Crusades

      Survey of the medieval military expeditions organized by Christians to secure the Holy Land during the 12th and 13th centuries. Topics considered include the formulation of a "just war" theory; political, intellectual, religious, and military interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims; the Crusader State of Jerusalem; and the histories of individual crusades.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 641 - Europe after the Black Death

      Explores the dramatic changes that characterized Western Europe as it rebounded in the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries from the ravages of the Black Death of 1348. Examines the social, political, and artistic developments in late medieval and Renaissance Italy before "crossing the Alps" to trace the expansion of Renaissance culture in Northern Europe. Topics covered include the humanist movement, new patterns of social organization, the revival of classical antiquity in the arts, architecture, religion, and political theory, the effects on European society of the encounter with the "New World," shifting roles for men and women in early modern European societies, religious war, and conflict
      Credits: 4

      HIST 651-652 - Topics in European Intellectual History

      Exploration of such major developments as ancient world views and cosmologies, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the relationship between gender and intellectual history. Includes topics up to the Scientific Revolution. Since topics vary, students should check the department newsletter or office for course theme in any given term. May be repeated as topics change.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 656 - 20th-Century Europe

      World War I, European totalitarianisms, World War II, the loss of European primacy, and the search for a new Europe.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 679 - Rights Revolution

      The idea of "rights" is deeply inscribed on Western, and particularly American, thinking about both law and justice. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a controversy in American public life that isn't framed as a struggle over some variety of "rights" (property rights, privacy rights, speech rights, religious rights, etc.). It is, in fact, almost impossible to fully understand our way of life without an understanding of this crucial concept.

      By conventional understanding, the most important rights are those we advance as individuals against the various collectivities within which we function -- when we claim a "right," we are presenting a kind of "trump card" with which we check the claims of state and society on our own lives and liberties. But how does a particular individual interest or preference get elevated to the status of "right?" What grounds or justifies them? How have they evolved? How should we prioritize them? What do we do when they clash? And where might our rights be headed?

      The course represents an opportunity to explore that and a number of other aspects of this subject in depth and detail.

      Credits: 4

      HIST 690 - Introduction to Public History

      Introduction to the theory, methodology, and practices of public historians. Examines the history and contemporary practices of historians whose research and scholarship is aimed at public audiences through the creation of diverse media and interpretive frameworks. Encourages interdisciplinary thinking about history. Cr/F.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 695 - Independent Study

      A) Early American History; B) American National History; C) Canada; D) Latin America; E) Medieval History; F) Early Modern Europe; G) Modern European History; H) Ancient History; I) Far East and India; J) Near East and Africa; K) European Historiography; L) American Historiography; M) Russia; N) World History; O) English History; P) New Hampshire History; Q) Historical Methodology; R) Irish History; S) History of Science; T) Maritime; U)Museum History. For students showing a special aptitude in history who desire to study an area or subject for which no appropriate course is offered. Prereq: permission.
      Credits: 4/8

      HIST 698 - Internship in Museum Studies

      Supervised position with a museum, historical society, archive, or other history-related site. Prereq: permission. Cr/F.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 701 - Seminar: Historical Explorations/Democracy and Empire in Modern America

      A seminar for advanced undergraduates on a selected topic. Topics will vary by semester. This course is discussion-based and meets once a week. There are no prerequisites for this course, but students should expect to be assigned substantial reading and writing. The course will establish a context by examining the connections between democracy and empire as observed by Thucydides in his study of Athens and the Peloponnesian War, and by studying features of American imperialism at the turn of the 20th century. The course will then focus on the creation of an American Imperium, particularly since the end of the Cold War. Students will research relevant topics of their choice and participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference at UNH Manchester.
      Credits: 4

      HIST 797 - Colloquium in History

      Selected topics in American, European, and non-Western history. Required of history majors. Students must select section in the department office at the time of registration. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4