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Prospective Students

We do not study the past to illuminate the present, or to predict the future, but to train our minds to be better able to react to the challenges of the present.

The University of Maryland is located within the Washington-Baltimore corridor, one of the nation's most dynamic regions for historical research. Francis Scott Key Hall, home to the Department of History, sits less than thirty minutes from downtown Washington, D.C., a city of unparalleled cultural resources and unique opportunities for historical research. Annapolis, home to significant archival holdings related to the history and cultures of the State of Maryland, the greater Chesapeake Bay region, and the Atlantic world, can be reached in less than forty-five minutes.

The intellectual "soul" of historical inquiry and debate at the University of Maryland is the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, established in 1999 through the generosity of Maryland alumni Nathan and Jeanette Miller. In a short time, the Center has grown into a flourishing forum for the study of history, offering members of the Department of History and our guests regular opportunities to engage in lively dialogue with and among preeminent historians of all fields and stripes. 

History students have class on the steps of Francis Scott Key Hall


In addition to a B.A. in history, the department offers a B.A. in Central European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, a History MinorMiddle East Studies Minor, an East Asian Studies Certificate and an Immigration and Migration Studies Transcript Notation. Get information on advising, major requirements and more through the link below. 

Undergraduate Program
History Ph.D. student graduating


In addition to an M.A. and Ph.D. in history, the department offers a history and library science M.A., and certificates in historic preservation and museum scholarship and material culture. Learn more about our programs, or find information relevant to current students through the link below.

Graduate Program