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

Dan Lauro said he is lucky to have one foot in the craft beer world and the other in the history and education world.
Anna Helmig, a two-time Wright State University graduate, oversees the care of 1.8 million artifacts at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Department News

Gary Schmidt of Coastal Carolina University named dean of College of Liberal Arts at Wright State

Gary Schmidt is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion and community engagement for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University.

Wright State history, political science faculty to discuss ‘Russia-Ukraine Crisis’ on March 8

Faculty experts in Russian and Ukrainian history, foreign policy and political science will analyze the war in Ukraine and its larger implications during a panel discussion.

Paul Lockhart, Peggy Kelly named Faculty Fellows at the Center for Faculty Excellence

Peggy Kelly was named the Faculty Fellow for Pedagogy and Paul Lockhart is the Faculty Fellow for Scholarship.

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