Department of History

Department of History

The Department of History includes highly recognized authors of scholarly books, essays and articles in American, European, Asian and Latin American history. Several faculty members have received teaching awards, and maintain a record of admirable service to the community and the profession. The remarkable generosity of department donors has led to the establishment of annual department symposia , which has brought top historians and history-making individuals to campus, including Daniel Ellsberg and Madeleine Albright. The Department offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, along with the history minor, and concentrations in Religious and British Studies. The Department also offers an internship program , which provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to learn about careers in museums and historical societies.

For up to date information about the history faculty, students and alumni and department symposia, please see our Annual Newsletter.

The MA program in History is designed to prepare graduates for doctoral work in history; for museum and public history work; for employment in education, government, or industry; for admission to law school; to qualify instructors in history for community college teaching; and to enhance historical skills and content for secondary school social studies teachers. For a brief overview of the program, please see the following short video:

What to do with a history major:

Students in history courses acquire critical thinking skills that help lead to success not only in teaching and historical research, but also in a wide variety of careers, including law, medicine, business, and public service.

National History Honor Society:

Majors and non-majors are eligible for membership in FAU's award-winning Xi Omega chapter of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, provided that they  meet the following criteria: a minimum GPA of 3.1 in 12 semester hours (4 history courses) and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

For more information, direct your inquiries to 561.297.3840, click on our links, or send an email to:

Ben Lowe, Chair
Douglas Kanter, Director, Graduate Program  
Patricia Kollander, Director, Undergraduate Studies 
Stephen Engle, Director, History Department Symposia 
Zella Linn, Program Assistant/ Webmaster 


Foundation Award Application 2017-18

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History Alumni ALL ALUMNI


Susan Rosenkranz '05 Alumnus

The discipline instilled in me by the FAU Department of History was utterly invaluable in my doctoral studies.

Shellie Labell

Shellie A. Labell '15 Alumnus

Dr. Norman, Dr. Engle and Dr. Kollander introduced me to the field of archiving and helped me improve my research and writing skills...

Michael Ortiz '10 Alumnus

The feedback, guidance, and passion of the History faculty is unparalled...

Lauren Selsky '07 Alumnus

My background in history definitely gave me an advantage when I first started...

Robert (Skipp) M. Orr '76 Alumnus

U.S. Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of ambassador.