Statement of Solidarity

The Department of History stands in solidarity with all Black members of our community at Duke and in Durham in this searing moment of crisis when systemic racism and structural inequalities have once again come to the fore. We stand with all those who are exercising their constitutional right to assemble and are speaking out in our nation’s tradition of public protest and nonviolent civil disobedience. And we express our gratitude to peoples across the globe who are making common cause with the Black Lives Matter movement against racial injustice, inequality, and institutionalized violence. As teachers, scholars, and mentors, we remain committed to drawing upon our historical knowledge to collectively create and foster a more inclusive, just, and equitable society for all.

About Us

Duke’s History Department —among the top programs in the country —regards the creation of knowledge as one of the fundamental missions of a research university. Our world-renowned faculty, who work closely with our students and collaborate with colleagues across disciplines, are at the cutting edge of research in their fields as they address society’s greatest challenges. And our graduate and undergraduate academic programs —designed to help students critically think about the world around them —successfully prepare students for a wide range of careers.

Undergraduate Programs

Our curriculum enables our Bachelor of Arts majors to: understand history as a discipline, build critical and analytic abilities, and enhance their written communication skills. Our students focus their studies in two ways:

  • Thematic Concentrations to explore contemporary issue and themes from historical perspectives, and
  • Geographic Concentrations to explore issues present in specific parts of the globe.

We also offer a History minor.

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Featured Courses

History 121 abstract
HISTORY 121

Interdisciplinary introduction to the peoples, cultures, and burning issues of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. Required course for students seeking the certificate in Latin American… read more about Introduction to Contemporary Latin America »

History 213 women
HISTORY 213S

Atlantic slave systems were gendered systems. Across lines of nation and empire, African-descended women and their reproductive labor were crucial to the formation of New World slave systems and the… read more about Gender and Slavery in the Americas »

History 326 people
HISTORY 326

The pre-Columbian cultures, European conquest and its effects on the Amerindian peoples, and development of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires to the wars of independence with special emphasis upon… read more about Colonial Latin America »

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Graduate Programs

We offer graduate training leading to a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in a wide range of fields, including Early America, Modern America, African-American, Military, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, South Asia, Imperial and Soviet Russia, Traditional and Modern China, Modern Japan, Africa, History of Medicine, and History of Science and Technology.

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Spring 2020 Graduating Majors
48
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Published Books by Our Faculty
40+
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Research Focus Areas
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