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Department of History

Offering doctoral, master's, public history, and bachelor's programs.

Teddy Roosevelt (right of man in white vest) watches the laying of the cornerstone for AU's McKinley Building, 1902. AU Archives. Read more about AU's presidential past.

The World Is Open to AU History Majors

History classes hone our students' research, writing, and analytical skills. Our home in Washington, DC, offers students unparalleled resources for research, internships, and jobs. The nation's capital is our classroom.

Our outstanding faculty are not only exemplary teachers and scholars, but they are also actively involved with archives , museums, government institutions , and non-profits in DC, across the United States, and around the world. Whether you are interested in working in government, private industry, non-profits, or academia, AU's Department of History offers a stepping stone to a promising career.

The History Department offers a BA, a combined BA/MA, a minor, an MA in History, an MA in History and Public History, and a PhD.

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Public history students contributed to Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley at AU Museum.

Allan Lichtman appeared on CNN to discuss reports that President Trump's official schedule has gotten shorter. "In a sense, executive time might be considered a good thing-but not for this President."

Allan Lichtman spoke to AFP about Donald Trump's position on immigration. Lichtman said, "Trump very neatly among modern presidents has sought to exploit [immigration] for political purposes." Lichtman also appeared on MSNBC.

Department News

Professor Kraut stands in Statue of Liberty museum with windows behind him and torch too.

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Alan Kraut’s Vision Becomes Reality in New Statue of Liberty Museum

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headshot of lonnie bunch in dark suit

Alumni ·

AU Alumnus Lonnie Bunch III Named 14th Secretary of Smithsonian

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Ibram X. Kendi

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Ibram X. Kendi Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

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