The University of West Florida Department of History 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.

Program Description

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.

350x220 Maritime Heritage Trail
Photo courtesy of Michael Spooneybarger, CREO.

Historians, Archaeologists Plan Maritime Heritage Trail for Pensacola

By Richard Conn, CREO/ May 3, 2016

A trail that documents Pensacola’s rich maritime history is slated for the downtown area later this year.

The “Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail” is the brainchild of Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, chair of theDepartment of History at the University of West Florida, and Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Mitchell-Cook and Scott-Ireton had long talked about trying to bring a walking history tour to downtown, but they finally received funding for the project in 2015 through a $25,000 National Maritime Heritage Grant from the National Parks Service. The UWF Historic Trust is also a partner in the project and is administering the grant.

“We really sat down and just thought about what is maritime history in Pensacola,” Mitchell-Cook said. “There’s just so much to do, and so we felt, ‘Here’s kind of a quick walk-through history as you walk through downtown.’” ... Read more.