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.

Department of History

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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Students present research and conduct demonstrations during "Daily Life in Ancient Rome."

Daily Life in Ancient Rome, April 3-4

April 3 and 4, UWF undergraduate and graduate students will present a two-day- event with demonstrations, research presentations and authentic food as part of "Daily Life in Ancient Rome," sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, and UWF Departments of English and History. The event is a collaboration of research and creative activity from the sciences, arts and humanities.

Presentations will be held in the UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts. April 3 and April 4. On April 3 at 5:30 pm., Dr. Bettina Bergmann, professor of History at Mount Holyoke University, will present the keynote address at the UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts. During the keynote lecture, “Visualizing the Natural World: Roman Gardens, Wall Painting, and Homes," Bergmann, an expert on Greek and Roman art, will discuss the implications and impacts of the classical Roman landscapes.

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