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.
Bill Baker’s Passing
With great sadness, I want to let you know about the following story in the BDN reporting the death of our colleague, Bill Baker. Bill was a very distinguished British Historian turned Sports Historian, and the author of Beyond Port and Prejudice: Charles Lloyd of Oxford, 1784-1829 (1981), Sports in the Western World (1982), Jesse Owens: An American Life (1986), and If Christ Came to the Olympics (2000). He retired as Emeritus Professor in 2008.
Bill was always ready to tell a story about his football days at Furman or reminisce about his studies at Cambridge.
The History Department sends all of our best to his family.
Please click below to see what our faculty and students are doing.
History is Not a Useless Major by Paul B. Sturtevant
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
The Ronald F. Banks Scholarship
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
The Roger B. Hill Scholarship
The Laurence Evans and Elizabeth Taylor Evans Award
Charles J. Dunn Scholarship
Outstanding Senior Theses
The Ipsen-Weiner Memorial Scholarship
Canadian-American Center Fellowship
Hannah Schmidt, Maggie Kontra-Emmens
New England-Atlantic Provinces-Quebec Fellowship
Bowen Scholarship in Canadian History