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

William Oaks

I have been working for Tennessee State Parks as a seasonal interpretive ranger for the past three summers. My friend Josh introduced me to the job during my gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. I applied because I loved the idea of working a summer with my best friend. As I got into the flow of the things, though, I discovered that I really enjoy crafting and delivering historical programs. It’s the perfect mix of educating and entertaining. 

Dr. Ed Gray

Dr. Ed Gray is a historian specializing in early American history. He received his AB from University of Chicago in 1988 and PhD from Brown University in 1996. He joined FSU in 1998 and has been the chair of the History Department since 2013.

What is your research interest?

Taylor Rivers in Korea

Hi there – I am Taylor Rivers, and I graduated from FSU with a major in History in December 2020. Since March 2021, I have been teaching with EPIK (English Program in Korea). I live in Daejeon, Korea’s 5th largest city with a population of 1.6 million people and the hub of Korea’s high speed rail network. I teach at two very different high schools. One high school is for advanced students in math and science, and it is co-ed.  Many of its students are from well-to-do backgrounds, and some have even lived abroad. The other high school I teach at is an all-boys vocational school.


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