History Major

Fall 2015, Professor Zhao is teaching HTY 394 Modern Japan: The Rise and Fall as a World Power, 1868-1945
Japanese Pilots WWII


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

Professor Eileen Eagan's Portland Women's History Trail App, part of the Digital Maine MEIF grant, was recently featured in the Portland Forecaster.
Six University of Southern Maine faculty and staff members were recently honored with the first-ever President’s Metropolitan University Leadership Awards at a ceremony held on June 19 in USM’s Abromson Center in Portland. Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History and Department Chair, was presented with the Faculty Award for Advising.
Some of the Maine Historical Society’s recipes are on display through May 31 in the small, eclectic and engaging exhibit “Sugar and Spice: Our Vintage Recipes.”

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.