History Major

New Race and Ethnic Studies Minor Available to Students in the Fall 2016
Harriet Tubman
Hands on History at USM: Junior History major Jessica Vogel examines primary sources at the Maine Historical Society.
Researching with Primary Documents
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History majors and minors at USM become familiar with past knowledge, the forces of change and the varieties of historical scholarship that examine cultures and events across all times and places.  As they discover and organize facts, analyze evidence, and apply theory they learn to create meaningful explanations and narratives that support a well-rounded understanding of past human activity and its impact on the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Students who study History at USM can:

*engage in historical inquiry, research, and analysis.

*understand the dynamics of change over time.

*explore multiple historical and theoretical viewpoints that provide perspective on the past, and  recognize where they are in history.

*seek a variety of sources that provide evidence to support an argument about the past and develop a methodological practice for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence.

*recognize and practice historical thinking as central to engaged citizenship in their application of historical knowledge and analysis to contemporary social issues and contemporary dialogue.

News & Events

Dexter, who will lead the Huskies (29-11) into Wednesday’s Little East Conference tournament opener against Eastern Connecticut in Boston, is 22 shy of the all-time Division III hits record (327) and needs three doubles to become the career leader.
Senior Party Flyer
Please join the faculty of the Department of History and Political Science for a celebration of our graduating seniors on Monday, May 2nd, from 3:00-4:00pm in the Cohen Center, Osher Map Library, 1st Floor Glickman. Light refreshments, punch and cake will be served.
Maine Policy Scholar
Elizabeth Wilson, a history and political science double major from Lewiston, Maine, was selected as the 2016-2017 Maine Policy Scholar from USM. Funded by the Maine Community Foundation, each of the University of Maine System’s seven campuses select a Maine Policy Scholar.

History Internships: A Great Experience

Internships are a great way to help you apply knowledge learned in history courses while gaining the experience and skills needed to succeed in the workforce.  Learn more about internships with the History Department.

How do Images Help us to Understand the Past?

Visualizing History

Visualizing History will be on display in Special Collections, 6th floor of the Glickman Library from April 19th to May 27th.

Jack London

Jack London

Professor of History Allan Whitmore gave a presentation at the Jack London Society Symposium. Take a few moments to watch this very interesting and informative talk - the video was shot by Whitmore's daughter Susan.