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.

Voter Registration and the 2020 Election

This semester coincides with an extremely important national election on Tuesday, November 3rd. The University of Maine is committed to empowering all eligible students to exercise their right to vote as democratic citizens. The university will offer numerous opportunities in the lead-up to the election for you to register to vote, learn how to request an absentee ballot, and get non-partisan information so that you can make informed choices at the polls.

Note that if you are living locally while attending UMaine, you are likely eligible to register to vote in the community in which you currently reside.

For information on how to register to vote, how to request an absentee ballot and more, visit or follow UMaine UVote on Facebook or @um.uvote on Instagram. If you have questions about voting, you can contact a UMaine UVote team member at

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 Statehood and Bicentennial Conference

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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