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

Bridget Federspiel works with both high school students and Wright State student veterans to interview U.S. veterans for the Library of Congress.
Sheila Skimmerhorn, the first student to register and complete her degree at what would become Wright State, kept a scrapbook of the university's early days.

Department News

Guest speaker to examine America and the Palestinians

Khaled Elgindy, author of "Blind Spot: Americans and Palestinians from Balfour to Trump," will give a talk as part of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series on Oct. 3.

WDTN: Wright State students taking children back in time at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

The Public History concentration at Wright State integrates a traditional history curriculum with courses taught by professionals in archives, museum studies, and historic preservation; an internship; and a project leading to a Master of Arts degree in history with a specialization in public history.

Bringing history to life

Wright State University launches $6.5 million fundraising campaign to create a new home for priceless archives
Discover Your Story will transform the former corporate headquarters of the Wright-Patt Credit Union at 2455 Presidential Drive into the new home of Special Collections and Archives.

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