Chair of the Department of History: Gary Johnson
Professor: Bischof; Associate Professors: Johnson, Rowe, Tuchinsky, Zhao; Assistant Professor: Sparks
Professors Emeritus/Emerita: Albee, Cole, Eagan, Holden, Whitmore
Associate Professor Tuchinsky is serving as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
History, as a discipline and intellectual field, embraces all past human activity; there is no phenomenon without history. Historians apply various methodologies to discover and organize facts about people and events and to create from them meaningful explanations and narratives. History itself changes--through recognition of diversity, the use of new technology (e.g. digital history and digital humanities), and by focusing on new questions. One is: "Whose History is this, anyway?"
Through a series of introductory and advanced courses, history majors become familiar with past knowledge, the forces of change, and the varieties of historical scholarship dealing with societies and cultures throughout the world. They also learn to collect, evaluate, organize, and interpret evidence, and to present it in oral, written, and digital forms. Students with grounding in historical knowledge possess the central core of an excellent liberal arts education. The curriculum provides a basis for active citizenship, as well as for graduate schools, and employment. History majors are prepared for jobs in teaching, public history, journalism, and numerous other professions such as law, and public and private positions requiring research, writing, oral expression and critical thinking skills.
At USM, dynamic History faculty offer hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom and in the local community. The History major also includes pathways preparing students for K-8 and 7-12 Social Studies teacher certification.
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. History majors 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. They also 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.