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Welcome to the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati, where we strive for excellence in learning the past, reassessing the present, and developing skills for each student's future. Our 25 faculty members study and teach about the history of the world’s most pressing issues, from the War on Drugs, to Russia’s military aggression against its neighbors, to relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Our 200 undergraduate history majors and 40 Masters and PhD students delve deeply into these and countless other fascinating and important questions in our courses and in their own research projects.

Every student who takes a History class at UC also learns essential career skills. We teach students how to research a wide range of sources, utilize tools of Digital Humanities, write and speak more clearly and effectively, and gather, sort, and report concisely on large amounts of information. All of these abilities are among the most sought-after today by prospective employers. Meanwhile, UC History professors regularly win the most prestigious fellowships and prizes in their fields of research, while remaining extremely devoted teachers.  The History department is able to enhance considerably the opportunities of all our students through study tours, internships, dynamic visiting speakers, and more.  To learn more, follow the links here, or come visit us in person!


Making History...

The History Department is pleased to announce a new, joint Ph.D. initiative in Modern Jewish History and Culture, offered in partnership with the Pines School of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, please visit:

Student Spotlight: Maurice Adkins

Maurice Adkins

Mauruce Adkins is a budding historian. Yates Fellow, passionate teacher and PhD student with a keen desire to honor history through dedicating research to the stories of black institutions and their founders.

Read more about Maurice, here.

News Updates

Department Head and Civil War historian Christopher Phillips has won a 2018 Distinguished Book Award from The Society for Military History.  The book, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border, is a massively researched, seminal reinterpretation that frustrates easy characterizations of the war as North vs. South.

The book can be purchased here from Oxford University Press.

Image of Christopher Phillips (right) and his book The Rivers Ran Backward