History

Explore the Department of history

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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How A Band of Irish Americans Joined The Fenian Revolt of 1867 & Sparked A Crisis Over Citizenship (NHPR)

How A Band of Irish Americans Joined The Fenian Revolt of 1867 & Sparked A Crisis Over Citizenship (NHPR)

UNH historian Lucy Salyer discusses new book on NHPR's The Exchange...

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Under the Starry Flag

Under the Starry Flag

In a new book, Lucy Salyer explores the history of expatriation rights...

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Remembering the Bold Thinking of Hampshire College (The Atlantic)

Remembering the Bold Thinking of Hampshire College (The Atlantic)

Opinion by UNH historian Ellen Fitzpatrick traces the history of Hampshire College...

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  • 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.
  • History Major | eCommerce sales and marketing part at Eco-Products
    Read more about how Matt Kobzik is using his History major.
    History Major | eCommerce sales and marketing part at Eco-Products
    Read more about how Matt Kobzik is using his History major.

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