History Major

Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin exhibit will be displayed through March on the 6th floor of Glickman Library
Uncle Tom's Cabin Exhibit


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

Poster for Caucus Event 2016
The Department of History and Political Science is presenting an event February 25th, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm, 102 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus. The lecture will cover the basics of the Maine Caucus.
Join Dr. Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, to learn how to research with historic photographs, an important primary source for historic and genealogical research. Dr. Bischof will start the program with a brief lecture, followed by a hands-on workshop in the museum and library collections in the Brown Library. Teacher Workshop: January 4, 3:30 pm, FREE for all Maine teachers; $15 for teachers from outside of Maine. Limited to 15 participants. Public Workshop: January 12, 10 am, $15 MHS Members; $25 General Admission. Limited to 15 participants. For inquiries, contact Kate McBrien: kmcbrien@mainehistory.org / (207) 774–1822 x236
Newsletter Front Page
Why should I check out the department newsletter? Well, it has an at-a-glance look at classes being offered by HTY and POS and also has them broken down by campus and online. Plus, we've thrown in a little department news and course descriptions for topics classes being offered.

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.

Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015 Book Launch

Join the Maine Historical Society and the Maine Photo Project to celebrate the last open week of the Early Maine Photography exhibit as well as the launch of the long-awaited book, Maine Photography:  A History, 1840-2015.  Authors Libby Bischof, Susan Danly, and Earle Shettleworth will discuss the book, reception to follow.  The book launch is Thursday, January 14th at 6:00 pm, 489 Congress Street, Portland.  General admission is $8 and free for MHS members.

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.