Department of History

Offering doctoral, master's, public history, and bachelor's programs.

The World Is Open to AU History Majors

History classes hone our students ' research, writing, and analytical skills. Our home in Washington, DC, offers students unparalleled resources for research, internships, and jobs. The nation's capital is our classroom.

Our outstanding faculty are not only exemplary teachers and scholars, but they are also actively involved with archives , museums, government institutions , and non-profits in DC, across the United States, and around the world. Whether you are interested in working in government, private industry, non-profits, or academia, AU's Department of History offers a stepping stone to a promising career.

The History Department offers a BA, a combined BA/MA, a minor, an MA in History, an MA in History and Public History, and a PhD.

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Image credit (top): President Theodore Roosevelt (to the right of man in white vest) at American University during the cornerstone laying of the McKinley Building, 1902. Source: AU Archives.


Allan Lichtman appeared on CNN to discuss reports that President Trump's official schedule has gotten shorter. "In a sense, executive time might be considered a good thing-but not for this President."

Allan Lichtman spoke to AFP about Donald Trump's position on immigration. Lichtman said, "Trump very neatly among modern presidents has sought to exploit [immigration] for political purposes." Lichtman also appeared on MSNBC.

Department News

R. Kayeen Thomas was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for debut author, but now he's honing his craft as a filmmaker.

Television & Film ·

Two Steps Forward: Grad Student’s Film to Screen at DC Black Film Festival

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Ibram Kendi's book explores the history of racist ideas in America.

Research ·

How Racism Spreads: Ibram Kendi Discusses His Book and Research

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Beers and two others stand onstage at the award ceremony.

Achievements ·

Professor Laura Beers Wins Stansky Book Prize

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