Department of History
History provides windows to the world and to the human psyche. Clio, the muse of History, opens those windows to reveal vistas of the past that help us understand former times, places, and peoples as well as our own.
The Study of History:
- enriches those who undertake it
- provides them with skills that they will find invaluable - to think critically, to write with authority, and to understand broadly
The Department of History:
- strives to provide students with a challenging education
- helps students learn to apply the methods of historical scholarship in contemplative and ethical ways as they deepen their understanding of the U.S. and the world
- fosters student understanding of how and why humanity and different cultures have developed as they have
- endeavors to help students become scholars as well as educated and conscientious citizens
The Department's faculty members also serve not only the students at Duquesne but also students of History elsewhere and throughout time by contributing to historical discourse through presentations, participating in conferences, and publishing articles and books.
We offer the following programs of study:
As James M. McPherson, a preeminent scholar of the Civil War, has written, history is “a continuing dialogue between the present and the past.” Because of that, History is not just one written record but also an on-going analysis of many records. It is a challenge to do History well, but it's intriguing and, yes, it can even be fun.