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History

Historians want to understand the world and human interactions in all their complexity.

The history faculty at the University of New Haven carry this curiosity to the classroom and seek to instill it in students with their enthusiasm and student-centered activities. At UNH, students are encouraged to interact with narratives of history as well as to see the continuities and changes from these narratives to the present.

UNH history students also practice history through regular history class assignments, discussion and debate, and the Senior Thesis Project.

Photo of UNH students studying in Paris in June 2014
June 2014, near Paris - UNH students studying abroad visited Fort Douaumont, which the French attempted to hold during the Battle of Verdun (1916), the most lengthy and bloodiest battle of World War I. Read More >

History is not constrained by borders. Neither are we.

The vast international interests of history faculty make our program a natural for study abroad opportunities.

Dr. Paulette Pepin led a group that traveled to Paris in June 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War I. (Read all about their adventures by clicking here.)

Future trips include the Channel Islands and the Beaches of Normandy June 2016, and other trips to the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Spain and England.

"I enjoy studying history because it allows me to understand myself better as a person. By learning about the past ... I believe that I am better equipped to face our future." - Matthew Serio '15

History students in Dr. Yoder’s Colonial Latin America classWhy University of New Haven?

We know students interested in majoring in history have many options to choose from ... which begs the question, Why UNH?

Our small class sizes — an average of 20 students — allow our instructors to give you the individual attention that fosters a deeper, more satisfying classroom experience. They’re also more fun!  Small classes are ideal for opening up stimulating exploratory discussions and letting you stretch your intellectual wings.

Don't just take our word for it.

You're a future historian. Dig deeper. Read up on our outstanding faculty. See what you can do with a history degree from UNH. Hear from some current history students about why they love our program. Once you see what makes majoring in history at the University of New Haven special, we know you'll be ready to take the next step toward becoming a Charger.

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