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.
When I was 18 years old, I knew I wanted to be a history professor. History was my favorite topic in high school, thanks to some enthusiastic and creative teachers. So I went to Central Michigan University and double-majored in English and History for my bachelors, studied British History at Strathclyde in Scotland for my Masters, then took a break. College in the 1990s was such a "sink or swim" place to be, and although I was one of the students who successfully swam, I was a little burned out.
My freshman year, I did not grasp the true value of education. Nor did I know about undergraduate research, Directed Individual Studies, fellowships, and other enriching opportunities. As a first-generation college student, my idea of college was simply attending classes and earning a piece of paper proclaiming that I had graduated. Once I realized how wrong I was, I packed as much as I could into my junior and senior year.
Age of Revolutions (AoR) is an online platform that has been making an impact on the field of revolutionary history. The site is innovative in the realm of academic publishing because it is open-access yet maintains a rigorous peer-review process. In an earlier article (The Making of 'Age of Revolution'), we describe how Bryan Banks and Cindy Ermus, both alumni of FSU History and the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution (INFR), created the online platform.