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Department of History


Welcome to the BGSU History Department!  Studying history—exploring the human past in all its variety and complexity—is intrinsically interesting and important, and it speaks to the fundamental human need to preserve, transmit, and interpret stories about our collective experience.

History has a practical side, too, as a preparation for a variety of careers and pursuits in the contemporary world. Students of history develop critical habits of mind; the ability to evaluate, interpret, and analyze a broad range of evidence; a facility for contextualizing current issues by placing them in historical perspective; and the capacity to communicate their insights effectively.

Historical study prepares students well for careers in business, politics, public service, education, law, and other fields, while producing engaged, informed citizens with a life-long love of learning. 

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What can you do with a History Degree?

What can you do with a History Degree?

A history major’s problem solving and analytical skills are relevant in many industries Read More

Dr. Apollos Nwauwa Committed to African Affairs

Dr. Apollos Nwauwa Committed to African Affairs

“A traditional belief about the study of history is that the teacher plays the role of storyteller and students are the listeners. But I believe it’s critical that there be incisive debates upon which the stories should be anchored. Students should be active participants in the discussion of stories and events. My blended teaching approach is intended to stir students’ curiosity to better understand not only what happened in the past, but also why.” Read More

Alumna Discusses Great Black Swamp

Alumna Discusses Great Black Swamp

Dana Bogart-Cress ‘12 works with the Ohio History Service Corps division of AmeriCorps on projects related to historic preservation. She returned to BGSU in spring 2016 to give a lecture in Dr. Amilcar Challu’s “Environmental History” class on the Great Black Swamp, the development of which involved a clash of different and incompatible land uses and cultural values between natives and Euro-American settlers. Read More

“Teacher of the Month” Pursues Graduate Studies in History

“Teacher of the Month” Pursues Graduate Studies in History

Dubbed a “Teacher of the Month” by the Toledo Blade, Waite High School teacher Maureen O’Connell is pursuing post-degree education to gain credentials to teach College Credit Plus courses in history. “It’s a new way of thinking,” she said, referring to historiography, or the history of writing. She considers it to be “a new tool to add to my belt.” Read More