The ways in which we interpret and learn from the past plays a major role in how we approach the future. Whether pursuing a career in business, accounting, journalism or education, the study of history prepares you to think critically and communicate effectively. With scholars active in a diverse array of fields, the Department of History and its faculty members provide a wide range of opportunities for you to explore the past. Modern issues, regardless of the industry, are best tackled with an acute understanding of past events and societies. As work places change and sectors evolve, the skills gained from experience with historical studies provide the leaders of tomorrow with intangible skills and important perspectives.
Teaching and Research Highlights
Reenacting the Civil War
Professor Cliff Putney's Civil War class meets with reenactment specialists to experience episodes from the war.
History Students in the World
Professor Cyrus Veeser and his Latin American History class traveled to Ecuador where they helped build a local medical clinic. Read more
New Books! In 2015, four faculty members published monographs and edited volumes. Congratulations to Professors Bridie Andrews, Chris Beneke, Sung Choi, and Cyrus Veeser! Trofimov Series on post-Civil War Russia
Professor Leonid Trofimov will publish several volumes in a document and commentary series on post-Civil War Russia for Hackett Publishers, a major press.
Centennial History of Bentley
Associate Professor Clifford Putney is spearheading an effort to produce a comprehensive history of Bentley for the school's centennial (2017).
Kevin De Raat, Dutch exchange student sends greetings to our History Department from the Netherlands!
2017 History Department Essay Prizes go to Michael Carnes and Ian Cumberland!
Michael Carnes minors in History and has won this year's Essay Prize for his paper "Epidemics and the Growth of Slavery in British North America" under the directorship of Professor Cyrus Veeser
History meets MBA
Professor Cyrus Veeser, member of the Environments team, introduces his module "Analyzing Complexity" to the Bentley MBA program, a course based on real live case studies.