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.

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Sidnie Crawford, Ph.D, will lecture Feb. 25 at the Pensacola campus Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Guest Lecture

Sidnie Crawford, Ph.D. presents, What Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us About the Bible?

  • February 25, 2016
  • Reception 6 p.m., Lecture 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • UWF, Pensacola Campus, CFPA (Building 82), Music Hall 
  • February 26, 2016
  • 12 - 1:30 pm., Luncheon and Presentation 
  • The Qumran Scrolls as a Scribal Library
  • Temple Beth El, Pensacola, 800 Palafox St. 

About Dr. Crawford

Sidnie White Crawford, Ph.D., teaches areas of Hebrew, the Hebrew Bible, and Second Temple Judaism. She is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. 

Dr. Crawford serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American headquarters for archaeological research in the Holy Land.  
She serves as the associate director of the Harris Center for Judaic Studies and a member of the Advisory Committee for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.