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Our Department seeks to provide a foundation for better understanding the world in which we live, to produce high quality scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the discipline and to serve community needs by providing a source for historical information and expertise crucial to preserving heritage, especially Northwest Florida.

Department of History

The Department of History offers a Bachelor of Arts in History, three Master of Arts degrees in Traditional History, Early American Studies, and Public History, as well as a certificate program in Historic Preservation for graduate students. 

These programs challenge students to contemplate the world around them and think about why things are the way they are. This includes the exploration of our own and others’ cultural identity; the origins of modern institutions and traditions; and the worldview of past and present cultures across the globe. Students of history gain a wider understanding of humankind that helps them make decisions about their present and future by considering the different perspectives of past actors. More technically, students in history gain the tools necessary to communicate effectively, whether oral or written, as well as training in thinking critically, researching, and challenging accepted ideas with evidence.

Possible Careers  

  • Law and policy
  • Education
  • Museum curation
  • Grant writer
  • Editor
Professor and student collaborate
The lab is open to UWF scholars and staff.

Digital History Lab

The UWF DH Lab is an individual and small group workspace equipped with the digital tools and technologies for scholars working in the digital age.

Lab Hours

  • Monday 10 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon

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Students and faculty in Germany during the UWF Study Abroad Program.

Study abroad students experienced history and culture firsthand during trip to Germany

When international studies student Gabriella Valenti saw the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany with her own eyes, she felt the visceral reality of history in a way she never had before. Valenti says, “You can hear about the Holocaust all you want from lectures, and you can see the graphic pictures that send a message, but you won’t get the gut-dropping feeling that you get when you're actually stepping on the grounds of a concentration camp.” Read more about the students' summer experiences.