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.
The Department of History at the University of Maine is shocked and horrified by the invasion of Ukraine. This is an attack on an independent country, on democracy, and on the history and culture of Ukraine.
We wish to express our deep solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We condemn utterly the unprovoked act of aggression by the Russian government, justified by historical myths, distortions and lies, attacking the right to self-determination of a European nation-state.
This war, as every war, will cause enormous human losses and tragedies, and it fundamentally undermines the foundations of the established international security system.
Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine.*
*This is a slightly edited version of Ukraine: a statement from the Royal Historical Society published on 25 February 2022.
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History is Not a Useless Major by Paul B. Sturtevant
Congratulations to the 2022 Phi Alpha Theta Inductees!
Emme Aylesworth, James Bilella, Aurora Burmeister, Delaney Colson, Laura Curioli, Nolan Merz, Tom Pinette, Sean Staton, Laird Stratton, Elizabeth Tibbetts, Andrew Reddy
Department of History 2022 Awards and Scholarships
The Ronald F. Banks Scholarship
The John J. Nolde Memorial Prize
Chris Duplisea, Sean Staton
The Caroline Colvin Scholarship
Delaney Colson, Hannah Whitley
The Roger B. Hill Scholarship
Chapman Hall, Lauren Potter
The Laurence Evans and Elizabeth Taylor Evans Award
Charles J. Dunn Scholarship
Hildegarde B. Perkins Fund
Outstanding Senior Theses
The Black Bear Undergraduate History Journal Essay Award
The Ipsen-Weiner Memorial Scholarship
Canadian-American Center Fellowship
New England-Atlantic Provinces-Quebec Fellowship
Bowen Scholarship in Canadian History
Trustee Tuition Scholarship
Frances Robinson Mitchell Schlolarship
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