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

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HISTORY 313

Compares representation of crime and the city in two key "texts": Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist" and the HBO television series, "The Wire." Juxtaposes the social and political contexts to which… read more about Crime and the City from Dickens to The Wire »

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HISTORY 227

This course offers a broad investigation of the history of modern Japan from the late 1800s through to the 2000s, including current challenges from COVID-19 and major socioeconomic changes. A special… read more about The Emergence of Modern Japan »

Mexico Since Before Cortes
HISTORY 324

Survey of Mexican history since before the encounter between European and native peoples, the experience of conquest, independence rebellions, liberal reforms, revolution, and modernization.… read more about Mexico Since Before Cortes »

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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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