Department of History

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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.

Explore the undergraduate experience.

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.

Learn more about being a graduate student.

News and Features

Dr. Matt Mewhinney

Dr. Matthew Mewhinney is an assistant professor of Japanese Language at the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. He received his BA and MA from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He completed his PhD degree in Japanese Language from University of California, Berkeley in 2018. Dr. Mewhinney joined FSU in 2019.

What is your primary research interest?

Dr. Meghan Martinez

For Dr. Meghan Martinez, becoming the newest faculty member of the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) is the fulfilment of a dream years in the making. As a graduate student, Martinez worked as a grading assistant for Dr. Maxine Jones’s CARE courses over the span of six summers.

Dr. Suzanne Sinke

Dr. Suzanne Sinke serves as the History Department’s Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. She is a historian of migration and gender studies in the U.S. context. She received her MA from Kent State University in 1983, and her PhD from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1993. She joined FSU in 2002.

How did you know you wanted to do a PhD and become a historian?

I was singularly committed to becoming a teacher of history from childhood. The question was only at which level, and I started my undergraduate studies planning to be a high school teacher.


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