About the Department

The Department of History at the University of Akron is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers, graduate students and undergraduate majors.  Our courses cover all time periods, from the ancient world to the recent past, span the globe from North and South America, to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and address a number of subjects, including political, military, diplomatic, social, intellectual, global, cultural, environmental and public history, the history of science, gender and race. The faculty is tremendously active, pursuing a wide range of scholarly activities, including research and various forms of public engagement in the region and beyond, as well as providing service to the profession and the university.  The department operates a Master’s and Ph.D. program, and maintains 4 million dollar endowment for scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students. All members of the department are committed to student success through advising, teaching, mentoring and supervising research projects and internships. By emphasizing research and communication skills, internships and a deep knowledge of the past as an essential element for citizenship and moral understanding, the department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of careers, further education in graduate and law programs, and lifelong learning and participation in civic life for the 21st century.


Upcoming Events

Arts of Ohio Lecture Series

Drs. Kevin Kern and Gregory Wilson helped plan and will be two of the featured speakers for “Arts of Ohio,” an exhibit and lecture series at the Zanesville Museum of Art.  The exhibit, sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, features works in all media chosen for artistic merit and to illuminate the history and culture of Ohio. The opening reception is Saturday, December 7th and the exhibit will run for several months.  At 3pm on December 7th, Dr. Kern will lecture on “The Invention of Modern Ohio,” while at 3pm on February 8th, Dr. Wilson will present “Conversing with the World: Ohio’s History as National and Global History.”