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

head shot Jim Jones
It is with profound sadness that the FSU history department shares the news that our dear friend and colleague James P. Jones has died. For those of you who didn’t have the great good fortune to know Jim, he was a faculty member in the FSU History Department for 57 years, and retired in 2014 aged 82.
Dr. Lauren Thompson, FSU History Alumna, holding copies of her recently published book.

My name is Lauren Thompson and I am an Assistant Professor of History at McKendree University, a small liberal arts college located 20 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.  My book, entitled Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization during the American Civil War, was published this summer by the University of Nebraska Press.

picture of Andrew Frank

Professor Andrew Frank sat down this spring with Jeff Henley (FSU History alumnus, MA 2020) for an interview.  Professor Frank is the Allen Morris Professor of History at Florida State University focusing on the Florida Seminoles and the Native South.  He has been at FSU for thirteen years, however his focus on the Seminole Tribe


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