Welcome to the History Department!

Our Mission

We are committed to helping our students acquire the knowledge, skills, and habits of thinking necessary for the critical investigation and appreciation of history so that they can gain a better understanding of their own and other people’s cultures and traditions.

Our Faculty

We are scholar-educators who take seriously our responsibility to help our students acquire the critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills necessary for professional and personal success. We are also committed to advancing scholarship in our research areas and to mentoring students to become successful researchers in their own right.

Our Educational Offerings

We offer an undergraduate History major and minor and a wide variety of elective courses dealing with the principal periods and topics of American, European, and World history, as well as selected non-European/non-U.S. fields such as East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Atlantic world. We are also responsible for the Historical Studies component of the undergraduate core curriculum.

News in the History Dept.

Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A.   author
This week's notes feature faculty, an alumna and a student from the departments of chemistry, history, mathematics, modern and classical languages, and sociology and criminal justice, and the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
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Jordan Osterman '11 : Photo by Mark Brown   author
Graduation provides these eight seniors with time to reflect on past accomplishments and look forward to what the future may hold.
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Dr. Nancy Zingale   author
Nancy Zingale, a retired St. Thomas political science professor, has been involved in educational and cultural exchanges between St. Thomas and Cuba since 1999. She was in Havana when President Barack Obama announced a significant change to U.S.-Cuban relations last December.
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