History Department

The History Department at the University of Maine offers both undergraduate and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy.

We offer a wide variety of chronological, geographical, and thematic courses that enhance individuals’ understanding of themselves and the contemporary world by expanding their experiences to include the experiences of other peoples, both past and present. These courses range from ancient times to the present, cover most geographical regions of the world, and allow topical specialties ranging from women’s and environmental history to military and labor history. History graduates find employment in a wide range of occupations. Traditionally, they have gone into teaching and education careers in primary and secondary schools and, with appropriate graduate-level training, colleges and universities. More recently, increasing numbers of history graduates are finding their way into private and public non-profit organizations and agencies, such as museums, archives and libraries, research and service institutions, legislative bodies, and planning agencies. Others find career opportunities in the private sector, including publishing, journalism and broadcasting, and law firms; in fact, history is an ideal pre-law major.

The History Department is very happy to welcome a new colleague, Kara Peruccio.  Kara is a historian of the modern Mediterranean and Middle East. Her teaching and research interests include women’s movements, modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and cultural history. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in August 2020.  Kara is a joint appointment in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please click below to see what our faculty and students are doing.

Statement Regarding the Protests Against Racism and Police Violence

History Annual Newsletter

History is Not a Useless Major by Paul B. Sturtevant

Maine Heritage

A lecture on the diversity and significance of Maine’s heritage, by Professor of History, Dr. Liam Riordan, and publicized by the UMaine Alumni Association: https://vimeo.com/470606098

Congratulations to the 2021 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees!

Michael Collins, Lena Downes, Tanner Hanes, Helena Higgins, Natalie Nahabedian, Emily Roth

Department of History 2021 Awards and Scholarships

Undergraduate Awards:

The Ronald F. Banks Scholarship

Jack Grogan

The John J. Nolde Memorial Prize

Chris Brunton, Justin Morin

The Caroline Colvin Scholarship

Sadie Richardson, Margaret Campbell

Nancy R. Johnson Memorial Prize in Ancient History

Elizabeth Dalton

The Roger B. Hill Scholarship

Lena Downes

The Laurence Evans and Elizabeth Taylor Evans Award

Marlana Mix

Charles J. Dunn Scholarship

Hailey Cedor

Outstanding Senior Theses

Madison Riley

Natalie Nahabedian

Dakota Scott

Graduate Awards:

The Ipsen-Weiner Memorial Scholarship

Lucretia Grindle

Canadian-American Center Fellowship

Hannah Schmidt, Maggie Kontra-Emmens

New England-Atlantic Provinces-Quebec Fellowship

Darcy Stevens

Bowen Scholarship in Canadian History

Tim Whiton