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 or environmental history to the history of technology or 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 sad to announce the passing of our longtime friend and colleague, Professor Howard P. Segal.  Howard joined us in 1986 and became one of the nation’s leading historians of technology.  He was author of several books including Technological Utopianism in American Culture (1985), Technology in America: A Brief History (with Alan Marcus) (1989), Future Imperfect: The Mixed Blessings of Technology in America (1994), and, Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford’s Village Industries (2001).  Howard leaves behind his wife, Deb Rogers, and his two children, Rick and Raechel.  All of us in Stevens Hall will miss Howard very much.

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

From Common Lands to Second Nature Recordings

  • An outline for the recordings can be found here

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 2020 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees!

Undergraduate Inductees:

Brianna Ballard, Kari Beaty, Elizabeth Anastasia Dalton, Patrick Groening, Jennifer Kiernan, Morton T. Larmore Jr., Cheyenne D. Laszlo, Madison Sierra Riley, Johannes Takaoka, Owen Vadala, Evangelos Zarkadas 

Graduate Inductees:

Maggie Kontra Emmens, Darcy Stevens