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

Wright State historian Noeleen McIlvenna wins prestigious fellowship award from North Caroliniana Society

Noeleen McIlvenna, professor of history, received the 2021 Archie K. Davis Fellowship award for her work “Dressed Pork: North Carolina and the Atlantic World Economy.”

Wright State historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore part of online video program for AP students

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, senior lecturer of history, produced a lecture on European history titled “The Boer War and the Costs of Empire.”

Dawne Dewey looks back on her career in Wright State’s Special Collections and Archives

A lot has changed during Dawne Dewey's three decades with Wright State University's Special Collections and Archives.

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