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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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Inquiring Minds

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Blue Ribbon Day

Blue Ribbon Day

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The Gary Lindberg Award

The Gary Lindberg Award

Lucy Salyer, professor of history, named 2022 Lindberg Award winner in COLA...

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  • History Major
    When he stepped onto campus as a freshman, Peter Murray knew he wanted to study history. By the time he was a senior, he had added photography and a new appreciation for the visual arts to his varied interests, which include competitive powerlifting and working for the New Hampshire Air National...
    History Major
    When he stepped onto campus as a freshman, Peter Murray knew he wanted to study history. By the time he was a senior, he had added photography and a new appreciation for the visual arts to his varied interests, which include competitive powerlifting and working for the New Hampshire Air National...
  • Anthropology and History Majors
    Originally from the small town of Homewood, Ala., Sarah Jarrar found a home at UNH as a sophomore transfer student in 2018. “I immediately felt welcomed by the faculty,” she says, “and was eager to learn more about what UNH had to offer.” A commuter student from Bow, NH, Jarrar has maximized her...
    Anthropology and History Majors
    Originally from the small town of Homewood, Ala., Sarah Jarrar found a home at UNH as a sophomore transfer student in 2018. “I immediately felt welcomed by the faculty,” she says, “and was eager to learn more about what UNH had to offer.” A commuter student from Bow, NH, Jarrar has maximized her...
  • Anthropology and History Majors
    Growing up in Sunapee, N.H., Katie Titus had a strong feeling she’d wind up at UNH. Both of her older brothers attended UNH, and the university met her chief criterion of being “not too far away to go home when I wanted to,” yet rife “with opportunities to study different subjects and see a bit of...
    Anthropology and History Majors
    Growing up in Sunapee, N.H., Katie Titus had a strong feeling she’d wind up at UNH. Both of her older brothers attended UNH, and the university met her chief criterion of being “not too far away to go home when I wanted to,” yet rife “with opportunities to study different subjects and see a bit of...
  • History Major
    Abby Colby came to UNH all the way from Durham, N.H., and that’s no joke. Going to UNH from Durham is like Alice stepping through the looking glass: on the other side is a magically different world. Sometimes, when you attend a university that’s in your hometown, you make a deal with yourself: you...
    History Major
    Abby Colby came to UNH all the way from Durham, N.H., and that’s no joke. Going to UNH from Durham is like Alice stepping through the looking glass: on the other side is a magically different world. Sometimes, when you attend a university that’s in your hometown, you make a deal with yourself: you...
  • 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...

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