College of Arts and Sciences
Bentley Annex 452
Patrick Barr-Melej, Chair
The History Department furthers the effective understanding of the past for use in the contemporary world, exposes students to the histories and cultures of the world’s peoples, and provides high-quality preparation for a variety of careers, including education, public history, media, law, and the government. The department’s mission is integral to Ohio University’s commitment to strong undergraduate programs, with a liberal arts core, and strong graduate and professional programs.
History Major (B.A.) - BA4211
History Prelaw Major (B.A.) - BA4214
History Minor - OR4211
The History Department offers numerous opportunities for students to enhance their educational experience, prepare for future studies and careers, and earn distinction. The Contemporary History Institute and a number of endowed lectureships bring distinguished speakers to campus throughout the year. A significant number of our majors choose pre-law , where they receive advising and assistance for applying to law schools. Many of our majors pursue internships for course credit at the Athens and Ohio Historical Societies, the State Department, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, the National Archives, and elsewhere. The Undergraduate History Conference that takes place each spring allows students the opportunity to present original research to peers, faculty, and administrators. Students with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher may elect to earn Departmental Honors by completing a research project, usually a senior thesis written under the direction of a faculty member. Each year the department also awards more than half a dozen fellowships, scholarships, and prizes to undergraduate majors.