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Check out HISTORY: Fall 2022!

Department of History

The Department of History thrives on its close relationship with many other departments, centers and area studies programs in the humanities and social sciences at Cornell. The faculty includes more than a dozen prize-winning authors as well as winners of Cornell’s prestigious teaching and advising awards.

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Open House/Drop In Hours Department of History

Check out History at our Open House and Drop-In Hours.!

The History Department welcomes undergraduates (majors and non-majors) to our Open House on October 12th and our Drop-In Hours on October 18th.  You will have the opportunity to interact with History Faculty and find out what History has to offer you! 

The Open House is Wed., Oct. 12th from 4:45 to 5:45: 4th Floor McGraw. Refreshments will be served.  This is a great opportunity to meet new faculty and hear about Spring courses.  Drop-In Hours are in Room 437, McGraw Hall from Noon until 5:00 PM on October 18th.  Pick up Spring Course Flyers and talk one-on-one with faculty.


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Public History Initiative

The Cornell Public History Initiative (CPHI) works to stimulate and deepen dialogue among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and their wider communities about the sedimented histories that shape our contemporary world.

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Academic Pursuits

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Undergraduate Study

History is valuable as preparation for graduate, professional, or law school and for any career that requires critical thinking and good writing; the reputation of the faculty for scholarship, teaching, and advising; and most of all, the intrinsic interest of the discipline.

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Graduate Program

Cornell's Department of History has a topnotch faculty covering a wide range time periods, geographic regions and methodologies. As a student in our program, you will also be able to work with members of the wider Graduate Field of History, which includes scholars whose main appointment is in other colleges and programs at Cornell but who are able to supervise dissertations of Ph.D. students in History.