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Spring 2024 Courses

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Explore historical periods from multiple perspectives

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Take advantage of a close-knit community of scholars

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Work with distinguished faculty and research associates

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Hear UR

A podcast series created and performed by students in the Department of History

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Majors & Minors

Our undergraduate program encompasses social, economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and psychological approaches to historical problems and periods.

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Graduate Studies

Our small and select graduate program offers both MA and PhD degrees backed by the resources of a major research institution.

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The research and writing interests of our faculty fall into three spheres of inquiry: the world of nations, the world of goods, and the world of knowledge.

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Undergraduate Research

Unearthing the history of Bermuda’s old capital

Each spring, Rochester undergraduates conduct archaeological fieldwork, unearthing and preserving Bermuda’s rich history.

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Faculty News

A colonial history: Jamestown, Plymouth and, yes, Bermuda

In a new book, Rochester historian Michael Jarvis argues that Bermuda belongs at the center, not the periphery, of the American colonial story.

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This document, with “El Rey” (“The King”) in big letters, is part of a 1584 legal document from the General Archive of Indies in Seville, Spain, authorizing grave robbing from an ancient tomb in Peru.

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New award sends humanities graduate students abroad

Four Rochester doctoral candidates will research in archives in a dozen countries as recipients of the Meliora Global Scholars grant.

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History Podcast

Hear UR

HEAR UR is a podcast series created by students at the University of Rochester as a platform for sharing historical research with public audiences.

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We offer clusters for non-majors that fulfill the social sciences divisional requirement of the Rochester curriculum.

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A history concentration cultivates skills in writing, research, and analytical thinking that serve our students in careers ranging from law to business, communications to education. Whether you’re interested in a specific time period, geographic area, or thematic focus, we bring history to life at Rochester.

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