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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.

Quick Links


  • "Polls are not predictors," says Allan Lichtman, who also weighed in on whether America is a failed state in Salon.
  • Donald Earl Collins wrote about the joy of being Black in America in NBC THINK.
  • Donald Earl Collins argued that America is a failed state in Al-Jazeera.
  • Donald Earl Collins described the weight of American racism upon BIPOC.
  • On ABC’s The Signal, Donald Earl Collins discussed protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd and whether America might be permanently broken.
  • Allan Lichtman offered his prediction for the outcome of the 2020 presidential election based on his "13 Keys."

Department News

Gabriella Folsom on Kizhi Island, Russia.

History Thesis Forged over a Russian Winter

Gabriella Folsom's thesis explores Kizhi Island history through Carmel Institute travel and research support.

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In the Community ·

AU’s Kathleen Franz Curates New “Girlhood” Exhibit at Smithsonian

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Girlhood (It's complicated)

AU’s Kathleen Franz Curates New “Girlhood” Exhibit at Smithsonian

Amplifies Role of Girls in History During 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

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Alumni ·

AU Alumnus Lonnie Bunch III Named 14th Secretary of Smithsonian

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Nguyet Nguyen

Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow

Nguyet Nguyen brings new perspective to the Vietnam War.

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