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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The Spoils of Jerusalem, Arch of Titus, circa 82 CE, courtesy of the Arch of Titu
The Spoils of Jerusalem, Arch of Titus, circa 82 CE, courtesy of the Arch of Titus Project

Upcoming Event, Feb. 22 - "The Arch of Titus Menorah Panel: Adding Color to the Jewish War" with Dr. Steven Fine

Join Dr. Steven Fine, professor of talmudic history at Yeshiva University in New York, on an exploration of his recent research into the relief sculptures of the Arch of Titus, in cooperation with the Institute for the Visualization of History.

Standing uniquely at the matrix of Roman, Jewish and Christian literary and visual sources, the menorah panel of the Arch of Titus (ca. 81 CE) is a unique artifact of Roman imperial propaganda. This presentation builds upon the discovery of the original yellow ochre pigment of the Arch menorah relief by the Arch of Titus Project and the implications of this discovery for the experience of Roman art and for our understanding of the Jewish War (66-74 CE).

We will examine a tentative reconstruction of the polychromy and animation of the menorah panel, prepared by our team in cooperation with the Institute for the Visualization of History.

UWF Lecture 

  • Date: Feb. 22 
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Pensacola Campus, Music Hall, CFPA, Builiding 82 
  • Contact: mchampagne@uwf.edu

Read more for additional information on the Feb. 22 UWF lecture and the Feb. 23 Pensacola Jewish Federation luncheon and lecture.