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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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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Crawleys, Curated

Crawleys, Curated

Researcher: "Downton Abbey" fabricates history for modern viewers...

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    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.
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    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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    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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    Read more about how Kimberly Bird is using her History major.
    History Major | Self-Employed Professional Musician
    Read more about how Kimberly Bird is using her History major.
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    My name is Alex Johnson and I graduated from UNH in May 2011 with a BA in both Classics and History – I got the "Wow, so you REALLY want to teach!?" treatment – and when it comes to how I wound up in the Classics program and what I've done since, my path has been very zig-zaggy, for lack of a...
    Classics and History Majors | Business Consultant
    My name is Alex Johnson and I graduated from UNH in May 2011 with a BA in both Classics and History – I got the "Wow, so you REALLY want to teach!?" treatment – and when it comes to how I wound up in the Classics program and what I've done since, my path has been very zig-zaggy, for lack of a...

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