Students enrolled in “The History and Archaeology of Medieval Ireland” excavate remains at the Blackfriary, a medieval monastery and cemetery in Trim.

The Ohio State University Department of History is a premier teaching and research department with a distinguished, internationally-recognized faculty. Their fields of scholarly inquiry span the world geographically and chronologically, from ancient to modern times.

Studying history at Ohio State has given me the tools to be a critical, rational and effective reader, as well as giving me invaluable insight into the modern condition itself.

{Dylan Aughe, BA, 2014}

At a Glance

Fields of Study: African History, African-American History, American History; Ancient History; Atlantic World History; Business History; Diplomatic History; East Asian History; Environmental History; European History; Islamic History; History of Medicine; Jewish History; Latin American History; Medieval History; Military History; Russian, East European & Eurasian History; Women’s History

  • Faculty: 65
  • Graduate Students: 100
  • Undergraduate: 550
  • 8,500 undergraduates enrolled in non-majors courses

Combined BA/MA Degree: This combined degree will give students a head start in their careers in public history. The combination of academic training and field experience will make students more competitive for positions beyond teaching and academia.

A Global Education

Undergraduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds are travelling the world with our faculty to learn about a “global hotspot” of the early modern world, Buenos Aires; study the history and culture of Shanghai; explore various aspects of World War II; experience the unique culture of Corfu, Greece; record forgotten settlements in the Greek island of Kythera; serve as bioarcheologists in Ireland; and learn techniques and methods of classical archaeology at Isthmia in Greece.


The Center for Historical Research (CHR)
CHR brings together scholars from various disciplines to examine issues of broad contemporary relevance from a historical perspective. CHR recruits residential fellows from around the world to join the department for an academic year. 

In 2015, CHR launched a two-year program in Family, Kinship and Households: New Perspectives. The program will feature a series of seminar and lectures by leading scholars from the United States and abroad, as well as workshops designed to explore theoretical and methodological issues in the field.

The Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching
The Goldberg Center is an instructional technology center promoting innovative and effective teaching strategies, and a hub of community outreach. Its annual Goldberg Lecture Series on Excellence in Teaching advances discussion of the importance of effective teaching to the health and vigor of higher education in Ohio. The center produces publications that provide learning opportunities for history teachers across the country; these include Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, a monthly online news magazine that investigates timely issues.

History Teaching Institute
The History Teaching Institute is a primary outreach unit of the department. The staff works with teachers to develop curriculum and to incorporate the best practices of using technology in the classroom, all in an effort to improve both teaching and learning at Ohio State and in schools around the state.

The OSU History Thematic Constellation Initiative

Cross-cutting constellations framed around such questions as the workings of the state, construction of identity, and environmental circumstances of human life enhance connections with scholars and students throughout the university.

Outreach & Engagement

Origins is a monthly on-line news magazine that investigates timely issues. Origins is a collaboration between the departments of history at The Ohio State University and Miami University, and a project of the Public History Initiative and eHistory.

History Talk is the podcast that brings together a panel of experts to discuss current events in historical perspective. It is the official podcast of the on-line news magazine, Origins. Ohio State graduate students Brenna Miller and Jessica Viñas-Nelson host.

Ohio State Department of History Professors Peter Mansoor, David Steigerwald and Peter Hahn share their passion for World War II history with alumni and friends as they guide them through sites that played a pivotal role in the Allied Victory in Europe. Who better to show you around than experts in the fields of diplomatic and military history? Partial proceeds help support the department’s undergraduate study abroad program.

The Clio Society welcomes current and former students, faculty, and friends of the Department of History. The society is highly virtual, except that members host periodic lectures and meetings —

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Located in Dulles Hall, the museum connects archaeological research and education being done at the OSU Excavations in Isthmia, Greece, with work here on campus and provides focus for ongoing teaching, research, and outreach across the university.

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