The Department of History has a number of historians who work in the area of United States history since 1877. Each of these historians has one or more specialties within the general framework of American history after Reconstruction. Both undergraduate and graduate students therefore have a wide choice of courses and possible areas of concentration.
Some of the themes on which faculty focus include:
Graduate students in particular are able to work with faculty members who are concerned with many types of histories, such as the history of generations, the history of social movements, the history of gender and sexuality, the history of moral regulation, urban and material cultural history, sport history, regional history, institutional history.
Because the faculty has unusual depth of coverage, other faculty can assist with studies in any particular specialization or thematic area, such as foreign relations, reform movements, or various ethnic histories. Even though they are internationally recognized and always in demand for their professional expertise, faculty members in this area work together to provide the best possible educational experience for all kinds of students.
Students will find in the specifics there a dazzling array of attractive possibilities to learn about what happened in the United States after 1877 and to explore a remarkable range of different approaches to the past.