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History students

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History


History—you know you love it!

History majors at the University of Delaware explore the past while acquiring skills to shape the future.  Students learn how to make sense of the complex factors that have shaped human societies over time. They also acquire the skill of “historical empathy”-- the ability to understand the perspective and motivations of people across different times and cultures.    Our history majors go on to successful careers in a wide range of fields because they know how to collect and analyze information, how to write clearly, and how to speak convincingly. The history major also prepares our students to live meaningful lives and to contribute to the greater good as informed citizens and stewards of our collective past and evolving future.

Areas of study

  • History
  • European History
  • World History
  • American History
  • History and Foreign Languages
  • History Education

Career Options

  • Government
  • Law
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Writing & Journalism
  • Education
  • Consulting & Business
  • Education

Graduate Programs

  • History
  • Law School
  • International Relations
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Journalism
  • Museum Studies
  • Education

What’s special about this program?


The History Department includes over thirty full-time faculty members. Our prize-winning teacher-scholars offer courses in a wide range of topics from medieval Europe to the modern Middle East, sports in Ancient Greece to assassins in American history. Our history education program offers top-rated preparation for students who wish to become secondary school educators. The department’s close links with local and national museums, libraries and cultural institutions provide students with the opportunity to put their history skills to work and explore possible career options. History faculty play an important role in UD’s study abroad programs by leading trips to countries in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Get involved

Phi Alpha Theta

History Club

Honors Program

History Day

Museum Studies

State Park Internships

Study Abroad

Undergraduate Research

U.S. History Scene Internship

B & O Railroad Museum Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

E. Lyman Stewart Internships

Sample curriculum



Seminar in Composition



World History I



World History II



US History

Contemporary Mathematics or higher




First Year Experience

University Breadth Course



Language Course


  Elective Course



East Asian Civilization: China

Film and American Society






Sophomore Seminar

University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course


  Elective Courses



Women in American History

Modern Ireland



Elective Courses



Foreign Language Course



University Breadth Course


  Second Writing Course

The European City



Radicalism and Revolution: Islamic Movement/Modern Middle East



Brazil in the Modern World



Senior Seminar



University Breadth Courses



Discovery Learning Experience



Univeristy Multicultural Course


  Elective Courses

Ready for the next step? 


My Blue Hen Home

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Study Abroad

World Scholars 

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Career Outcomes