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

Wright State alumna Jocelyn Robinson is working with historically black colleges and universities to preserve audio recordings.
Tyler Scott, majors in history and minors in computer science, is an Army ROTC cadet and plans to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army after he graduates from Wright State.

Department News

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.

Museum magician

Wright State alum Scott Bradley jumps from Air Force museum to Thunder Bay
Scott Bradley, who earned two history degrees from Wright State, went from intern to executive director of a museum in Ontario.

Paul Lockhart honored by Ohio Academy of History

Paul Lockhart, professor of history at Wright State University, will receive the 2020 Distinguished Historian Award from the Ohio Academy of History.

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