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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of History

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About the History Program

Purdue’s approach to the study of history is equally varied among politics, society, culture, gender, race, war, diplomacy, science, and technology. The Department of History is deeply involved in educating students to think critically, with courses that teach not only what happened in the past but also how the past informs the present. History majors acquire skills in critical thinking and communication.

Historians inform modern discussions about the future of science and technology, medicine and public health, politics, society, culture, gender, race, war, and diplomacy. We do this in part by preparing students for graduate studies and careers in law, public policy, government, education, business, and many other fields. In our courses students acquire skills-how to research, read critically, write effectively, communicate verbally-and a sense of judgment that serve them well at Purdue University and prepare them for careers in a wide range of fields and occupations. 

Within the history program, you also have opportunities to take honors courses, study abroad, do internships and research projects, and learn from our award-winning faculty. We invite you to come learn more!


Department of History Directory

Contact Information

Department of History
University Hall, 672 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2087
Phone: (765) 494-4132
Fax: (765) 496-1755

Please visit the Department of History for more information.

Graduate Information

For Graduate Information please see History Graduate Program Information .




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