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The Department of History and Philosophy provides students the foundation for better understanding the world in which we live. In both areas, students develop critical thinking and analysis skills, collaborate with faculty, and produce scholarship that contributes to their field of study.

Department of History and Philosophy

The UWF Department of History and Philosophy offers both major and minor programs in History and Philosophy, and a graduate degree in History. The graduate degree includes three interdisciplinary tracks: traditional history, coastal and maritime history, and public history, as well as a graduate certificate in Historic Preservation. These programs challenge students to contemplate the world around them and to think critically about the questions central to the human experience. This includes the exploration of our own and others’ cultural identity; the origins of modern institutions, traditions, and thought; and the worldview of past and present cultures across the globe. 

Students of history and philosophy 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 and philosophy 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 lab is open to UWF scholars and staff.

Digital History Lab

The UWF DH Lab is an individual and small group workspace equipped with the digital tools and technologies for scholars working in the digital age.

Lab Hours

  • The Lab is temporarily closed due to renovations in Building 50. We hope to open the lab again soon. 

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Students may pursue a minor, major or graduate degree in history studies. Learn more about history studies. 



Students may pursue a minor or major in Philosophy. Learn more about studies in Philosophy.


Students and faculty in Italy during the UWF Study Abroad Program.

Study abroad students experienced history and culture firsthand during a trip to Italy and Greece in the Summer of 2022.

"To Travel is to Experience," said undergraduate student Amber Blackwell in reference to her visit to the entombed city of Pompeii, where she "felt the history in every pillar." Pompeii was a highlight for most of the sixteen students and alumni who journeyed to and through Italy and Greece, tracing the ancient history of the Western world in May 2022.

After two years without travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group thoroughly enjoyed retracing the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans while touring Florence, Italy, Rome, Italy, Athens, Greece, Delphi, Greece, and the island of Crete.