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Study the Past, Shape the Future

From disaster preparedness to nanoscience to food security, Drexel's Department of History is embroiled in some of the most critical issues of our day.

Department of History

The Department of History at Drexel University trains students who are interested in learning about the past and how the past shapes the world we live in today. Our students learn by doing, through co-op placements in archives, museums and other sites; by conducting and presenting original research; and by traveling to sites of historical significance. The department has particular strengths in the History of Science, Technology and the Environment and in Global History.

Historians are not traditional scientists; there are no experiments that we do that can predict future events—we have no theories of evolution or universal gravitation to guide us. Instead, we have the historical record—this is our laboratory. Though we are often looking at events and people long past and dead, historians are often embroiled in the most heated political arguments of our day. This is especially true in a democracy, where the open discussion of history and shared values is necessary, and where this discussion constantly defines and redefines public policy and democratic practice. In other words, the practice of history is also the practice of democracy. Does this kind of learning, research and debate interest you? If so, you are in the right place.

Student Spotlight

"I enjoy studying history at Drexel because the small class sizes really allow for a deeper level of discussion that fosters a better understanding of history and the study of the subject."

Christina Schweingruber
BA History '16

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Featured Faculty

Faculty Directory
Jonathan Seitz, PhD

Jonathan Seitz, PhD

Early-modern Europe

Scott Knowles, PhD

Scott Knowles, PhD

Risk & Disaster

Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD

Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD

Spatial History

Amy Slaton, PhD

Social Character of Technical Expertise

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Department of History
MacAlister Hall | Suite 3025
3250-60 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.895.2463 |