The Department of History is recognized for excellence in the history of the American West, the history of the American Civil War, comparative world history, and other specializations. Our faculty have won prestigious awards, and our students have successfully competed for major national scholarships, including the Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes scholarships.

We are a national leader in Digital History, bringing together faculty and students to discover new ways to investigate, preserve, and present history through digital media.

The department supports undergraduate and graduate students in all their scholarly endeavors and professional aspirations. With a network of mentors, our students go on to a wide range of careers in business, education, law, government service, and management. Phi Alpha Theta and The History Club offer undergraduate students fulfilling ways to become involved in the community and gain professional experience.

We make history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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2013-2014 Annual Report

The 2013-2014 Annual Report has been released. You can view it here.

Dr. James Garza in Chicago Tribune

Professor Garza talks about the role of Texas Villains in shaping history.

History Department Awards

On 24 April 2014, the history department held its annual awards ceremony.

New DH Project makes history

Professor Thomas unveils a new digital project that shows the extensive familial bonds of African Americans.

Graduate student wins grant

Congratulations to Paul Strauss who was awarded a three month grant at Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany to conduct research for his dissertation.

Lecture on Intermarried Families in Bohemia and Moravia

“Unmixing Marriage: Czech-German, and Jewish-Gentile Intermarried Families in Bohemia and Moravia, 1938-1945"

Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation

Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street, Hewit Place

Thursday, March 13, 3-5

With special thanks to UNL departments of Judaic Studies, History, Sociology, and Modern Languages and Literatures

UNL History Department hits the road!

On Saturday, February 1, the history department took part in the 2014 Big Red Road Show: Husker Cinema. The event took place at Midtown Cinema in Omaha where prospective undergraduates interacted with undergraduate and graduate history students. 

Photos from the event.

Jared Leighton wins highest award for dissertation

Jared Leighton, Ph.D. (2013), has won the Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. This is the highest honor that Graduate Studies bestows on doctoral students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Leighton's work was directed by Professor Patrick Jones on gay and lesbian activists in the black freedom movement.

Professors J. Jones, T. Borstelmann, W. Thomas, and A. Montes also served on Jared's committee.

Jared's award-winning dissertation can be found here and the award ceremony here.

Humanities at UNL

haven’t seen funding decrease, despite global trend.