History

Students gain a thorough understanding of history and its lessons through GW’s Department of History. The program’s proximity to and partnerships with the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Security Archives and the Smithsonian museums make GW an ideal place to take on diverse fields of study, including early modern Europe, America since the Civil War, the international history of the Cold War, the history of colonialism and imperialism and modern East Asia. Students graduate with the knowledge and analytical tools necessary for success in a range of careers and professions.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Some history majors take related courses in political science if politics is their primary interest. Others take classes in languages to supplement their background in the cultural history of the places they study. Still others gravitate to American studies, art history, Judaic studies or Africana studies to round out their curricula.

What can I expect to learn in the History program at GW?

To think critically and to write clearly, to analyze and interpret evidence, to conduct research in the most important archives and libraries in the world and to present findings in a way that impresses specialists and engages anyone with an interest in the lessons of the past.

What is the History community like at GW?

It is made up of people who are passionate about the past. Our classes often take field trips to museums, battlefields and other historic sites. Students and faculty are invigorated by the array of history-related events offered regularly in and around Washington, D.C.

What can I do in the History field?

The critical thinkers and superb writers turned out by the Department of History are in demand in every field. Our graduates work in banking, broadcasting, business, defense, education, finance, international development, journalism, the law, libraries, medicine, museums, national security, policy analysis, politics, publishing, think tanks and university administration.

Innovative Offerings

Students can explore George Washington’s life in-depth through an undergraduate course, “George Washington and His World,” which includes visits to the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

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