The History Department is committed to studying the past in a way that informs, challenges, and inspires.
Through research, teaching, publishing, and public service, the History Department at Washington University situates itself at the core of the university. We are committed to a comprehensive and diverse curriculum for undergraduates, a program which not only imparts important knowledge, but cultivates skills that are crucial for life and work in today's twenty-first century world. We believe that a critical understanding of the past is foundational not only to an arts and sciences education, but to responsible global citizenship.
At the undergraduate level, we offer courses as well as a major and minor that train students in careful reading, clear writing, analytical thinking, and collaborative discussion. At the graduate level, we offer a PhD program that trains a new generation of historians for work in a diverse range of careers.
Crucial to our work in history is the belief that we learn best when confronted by fresh ideas. We invite all students—regardless of major or field of study—to join us in this shared pursuit to understand the past.
Peter J. Kastor
Chair, Department of History