Department of History

Welcome to the Department of History at Wright State University, where we help you study what you love and prepare for life. Our nationally-recognized faculty teach courses from the ancient world to the modern, from the United States to Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Enroll in a history program at Wright State and learn how to think critically, write clearly, use evidence, and consider different points of view. You will learn about different societies and cultures and evaluate decisions made across historical periods. The study of history places contemporary events in a longer historical context, helping you understand the present by looking at the past.

Success Stories

Anna Helmig, a two-time Wright State University graduate, oversees the care of 1.8 million artifacts at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.
Juan Muñoz, who earned a history degree and M.B.A. from Wright State, combines his passion for the Latino community and the outdoors.

Department News

Where do we go from here?

Wright State experts ponder the future as world emerges from COVID restrictions
Wright State experts predict what business, health, education, and entertainment landscapes will look like as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Cultivating history

Drew Swanson, professor of history at Wright State, was elected president of the Agricultural History Society.

Rhythm section

Wright State public history students help develop exhibit at National Afro-American Museum
Graduate public history students at Wright State organized the exhibit “Rhythm of Revolution: The Transformative Power of Black Art 1619 to the Present.”

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