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.

History Events on Campus

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Historical Labyrinth Display

A painted canvas replica of the labyrinth design from the stone floor of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres was installed in the Commons Auditorium at the University of West Florida from March 27 through 30.

The Chartres labyrinth design symbolizes the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and is based on earlier spiral designs from prehistory. Such labyrinths have been discovered on every continent. Read more from the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity

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Students Present ‘Life in Ancient Rome’ Research

University of West Florida students dressed in authentic Roman garb delivered research presentations as part of the “Daily Life in Ancient Rome” symposium Oct. 27 in the John C. Pace Library.

“You walk away from this really feeling like you know the material,” said Montana Delagarza, a junior majoring in art history. Read more from the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity.