History Major

HTY: 374 Photographing American History, course offered spring 2015. (Confederate and Union veterans at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, pictured)
Civil War Remembrance
Every spring and fall semester the HTY Dept offers HTY 122, U.S. History 1800-1900, a thematic treatment of the 19th century and its peoples. (Ida Tarbell, pictured)
Ida Tarbell at Desk


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. 

News & Events

Portland Observatory Flyer
Greater Portland Landmarks is looking for college students to give tours of the Portland Observatory, a National Historic Landmark. Contact volunteer@portlandlandmarks.org for more information.
Professor Rowe Talk Poster
Professor Rowe gave a talk at the University of Maine at Orono on Monday, December 8th titled, "For the Protection of Our Girls: Citizenship, Delinquency Reform, and the African-American Vision of Child Welfare in Missouri, 1909-1933"
Department of History and Political Science Newsletter Spring 2015

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.

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.

Offered Spring 2015: HTY 377

Zen Buddhist Meditating

HTY 377 Chinese Thought:  Confucianism, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism

Prior to the modern era, the Chinese interpreted their world through traditional idea systems, the most prominent of which were Confucianism, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism.  This course will explore these traditions: their assumptions and values, their varieties and internal tensions, and their relationships to the larger social system. Cr 3.