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The University of Akron
Department of History
Arts and Sciences 216
Akron, OH 44325-1902

About the Department of History

Students and faculty in the Department of History explore the forces that drove past events and shaped the present. Our faculty members have a wide range of teaching and research interests and encourage students to design degree programs that are both focused and well rounded.

The department offers nearly a dozen degree programs and certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Take a look around our website to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, scholarships, and career opportunities for students of history.


History Department News

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    History Professor Levin Addresses Akron's Italian-American Community

    History Professor Michael Levin answers the question: "What Did It Mean to be Italian During the Italian Renaissance?" Read More»


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    Kern and Thurman earn high honors from the Ohio Academy of History

    History professors Dr. Kira Thurman and Dr. Kevin Kern received major awards for research and service from Ohio's top organization for historians this month. Read More»


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    Hixson's Latest Book Honored

    Dr. Walter L. Hixson's most recent book, American Settler Colonialism: A History (Palgrave-Macmillan), has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the official publication of the American Library Association. Read More»


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    Book examines one of Civil War’s most disastrous units

    In 'A Broken Regiment,' author Lesley J. Gordon tells the story of common soldiers whose tales do not conform to traditional narratives of military heroism. Read More»


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    Akron Ph.D. Graduate Accepts Prestigious Academic Appointment

    Maurice Labelle, recipient of the Ph.D. (2012), has just received confirmation of his new position as a tenure-track professor in Middle East History at the University of Saskatchewan. Read More»


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    Profs. Wilson and Kern Rewrite Ohio History, Creating a “First-rate” Reference

    The award winning Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State by History Professors Gregory Wilson and Kevin Kern traces the state's past from prehistory to the present day. Read More»


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    Wainwright Named Top Educator in Ohio

    Professor and Department of History Chair Martin Wainwright was honored with a Distinguished Teacher Award by the Ohio Academy of History. Read More»