History

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As historians, we believe the past provides the keys to understanding the present. 

From Boston to Beijing, we chase down evidence to explain what happened, how and why. We explore how people have lived in different times and places, and we present our findings as clearly and elegantly as we can. The study of history demands careful reading and clear writing. As a student of history, you will learn to present your arguments in a persuasive manner, orally and on paper. These are skills that will serve you well in just about any career.

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Who Remembers the Panic of 1819? (Process)

Who Remembers the Panic of 1819? (Process)

UNH historian Jess Lepler writes about America's first financial crisis at its bicentennial...

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UNH Hosts Discussion, Exhibit on Jewish-Muslim Cooperation during the Nazi Holocaust

UNH Hosts Discussion, Exhibit on Jewish-Muslim Cooperation during the Nazi Holocaust

Annual Hans Heilbronner Lecture takes place Oct. 29...

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Honors Book

Honors Book

Kimberly Alexander's recent book recognized by Historic New England...

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  • History and Russian Majors
    There’s often a difference between the things that bring you to UNH as a high schooler and those that keep you here as a Wildcat. Peter Jaarsma, a history and Russian major from Cornish, N.H., demonstrates the point. He chose to come to UNH because he liked the campus, wanted a university that was...
    History and Russian Majors
    There’s often a difference between the things that bring you to UNH as a high schooler and those that keep you here as a Wildcat. Peter Jaarsma, a history and Russian major from Cornish, N.H., demonstrates the point. He chose to come to UNH because he liked the campus, wanted a university that was...
  • History Master's Degree | Professor of History
    What are you currently doing for work and what path did you take to get to this point? After earning my Master of Arts degree in history at UNH, I went on to doctoral studies at Tulane University, and eventually to a professorship at Arkansas Tech University, where I am a historian and hold the...
    History Master's Degree | Professor of History
    What are you currently doing for work and what path did you take to get to this point? After earning my Master of Arts degree in history at UNH, I went on to doctoral studies at Tulane University, and eventually to a professorship at Arkansas Tech University, where I am a historian and hold the...
  • History and Anthropology Majors | Higher Education Fundraiser
    UNH gave me so many opportunities to shape me into who I am today. I became a more social leader and literally learned how to do my current job from my on-campus job at UNH Phonathon.  
    History and Anthropology Majors | Higher Education Fundraiser
    UNH gave me so many opportunities to shape me into who I am today. I became a more social leader and literally learned how to do my current job from my on-campus job at UNH Phonathon.  
  • History and French major | Digital Director at NECN
    Read more about how Marc Fortier is using his History major.
    History and French major | Digital Director at NECN
    Read more about how Marc Fortier is using his History major.
  • History Major | Manager of Social Media at UNH
    Read more about how Jason Boucher is using his History major.
    History Major | Manager of Social Media at UNH
    Read more about how Jason Boucher is using his History major.

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