“History is to the nation as memory is to the individual. As persons deprived of memory become disoriented and lost, not knowing where they have been and where they are going, so a nation denied a conception of the past will be disabled in dealing with its present and its future.”
—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., historian and author of "The Cycles of History."

"Contrary to conventional wisdom, a history degree is practical. Yesterday's history informs today's news ... which becomes tomorrow's history. Those with a knowledge of history can understand current events in a broader context and respond to them more thoughtfully."
—Rick Steves, travel writer and author of "Travel as a Political Act."

Introduction to the Department

Ohio Wesleyan offers a broad range of U.S., European, Pacific Asian, and Latin American history courses. You have a great deal of creativity and flexibility in designing a program that suits your personal and historical interests, whether by taking listed courses or pursuing independent studies with individual faculty.

In addition to learning about the past from a variety of perspectives, you also develop strengths in research, analysis, writing, and speaking – skills necessary and valuable to any future career, whether in education, government, business, publishing, journalism, the legal profession or public history. For more ideas and information click here.


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Smith Civil War Lecture

Prize-Winning Author to Discuss ‘U.S. Grant: Soldier and Statesman’ 7:30 p.m., September 28, 2017

Prize-winning Civil War author and researcher Dr. Joan Waugh will discuss “U.S. Grant: Soldier and Statesman.”

At the time of President Grant’s death in 1885, he was the most famous person in America, she says, comparable to Abraham Lincoln. Today, Grant's presidency is at the bottom of the historical rankings. Waugh will explain why.

Waugh, a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, will speak in Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Avenue. Her presentation is the 2017 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History. Admission is free.

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Secretary: Dawn Wright
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Telephone: 740-368-3631
Email: dmwright@owu.edu