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The Department of History is committed to pursuing excellence in historical scholarship and teaching across many different time periods and research interests. Its outstanding faculty specializes in a wide array of historical issues and themes that transcend particular regions and periods. Courses connect undergraduate and graduate students with the excitement of historical discovery and provide a rigorous training in researching and analyzing the human past.

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Attention Undergraduates:

Are you interested in becoming a history major? You can now apply online, after securing your own major advisor via email.  For more information: history-major-application-information


All pre-1800 and non-US/World Areas courses are now included with the course descriptions in the Class Roster and Courses of Study.

Pre-1800 is coded as HPE

Non-US is coded as HNU or World Areas are now coded as HAN, HNA, HEU, HGS, HTR.

To search for Major Requirement Codes, go to Courses of Study and enter the code in Search.

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Graduate History Colloquium Series - Spring 2021

The graduate history colloquium, is now offered as a 1 credit course (Hist 6006).  The Spring 2021 colloquium series will meet on Tuesdays, 12:55-2:25pm.  We will send out the Zoom link the week before each session. Everyone (even people not affiliated with the Cornell community) is welcome to join us. If they want to receive the pre-circulated paper and Zoom link, they should email

Feb. 16: Daniela Samur, “Enthroning Bogotá: “Order and Progress” in Cartographic Representations of the Regeneración in the 1890s”

Feb. 23 ~ please note that this session will start at 9:55 am: Sally Chengji Xing (invited speaker from Columbia University), “‘Pacific Crossings’: Paul Monroe, the China Foundation, and the American Quest to shape Modern Chinese Science in Its Image, 1913-1949”

Mar. 9: Aimée Plukker, “Rethinking Leisure through Labor: The Promotion of Rome and Berlin as Postwar Tourist Destinations”

Mar. 16: Jingya Guo, “Mapping Women’s Fertility in Geomantic Knowledge: A Case Study on Xiong Weiyao’s Secret Essence of Divination of Dwellings (1595) in Late-Sixteenth-Century China”

Mar. 23: Darren Wan, “Owing Loyalty: Rights, Duties, and Debts in British Malaya's Citizenship Debates, 1946–1957”

Mar. 30: Yiyun Peng, “Beyond Workshops: Spatial Distribution of Paper-making Communities and Properties in Upland Southeast China, 1700-1950”

Apr. 13: Harry Robert Churchill (exchange student from Freie Universität Berlin), “Inequitable Development: Neoliberal Intellectuals and the Brazilian Military Dictatorship (1964-1974)”

Apr. 27: Sean Cosgrove, “An Absolute Whiteness: Jack the Clipper as Radical Racist Companion-Fiction”

May 4: Craig Lyons, “Strangers in Sovereignty: Irish and Norse under English Law after 1169”