Department of History
Understanding the Past to Shape the Future.
Welcome to the History Department at FSU.
As an FSU History student, you will learn how the world works. There is no understanding the present without understanding its origins in the past.
What do we do?
Through research, we seek an improved and more accurate understanding of the past.
Through reading, reflection, and debate, we develop new methods for understanding the past.
Through lectures and seminars, we share our findings with students and colleagues.
Through our public speaking and publishing, we bring these narratives to wider audiences.
Together, we are shaping the way history is understood today and practiced tomorrow.
As an undergraduate you will
- Select a broad range of courses covering most of the globe, most periods of human history, and most areas of human experience (gender, politics, economics, sexuality, law, war, etc.);
- Learn to do history: Frame a question. Seek out and evaluate sources. Interpret evidence. Craft a persuasive argument. Convey your findings across multiple media; and
- Acquire crucial skills employers seek and graduate schools require, particularly the ability to write clearly and persuasively.
As a graduate student you will
- Develop deep subject knowledge - through a focused curriculum;
- Learn the scholarly conventions of the modern historical profession - through research-oriented seminars;
- Participate in formal training courses preparing you for future employment as a professional historian; and
- Develop the skills to teach history at the college and university level - through coursework and extensive in-class experience.
Another day, another coronavirus update, another twitter hashtag, another meme. As the disease continues to spread from its outbreak in Wuhan, China, to more countries, the fear and panic leads to more and more comparisons to historical pandemics, specifically the Black Death.
In an interview discussing his new book, The Virtues of Economy: Governance, Power, and Piety in Late Medieval Rome (Cornell University Press, 2019), James Palmer explained the long road to its publication. Palmer, currently an assistant professor in the History Department at FSU spent the better part of the 2010s researching and writing the book. James Palmer was also emphatic about the importance of history for our society today.
Adjusting to remote learning or working from home can be a hard transition. If you are used to working in the library, a coffee shop, or an office, finding yourself at home brings new distractions.