An entranceway to Bosworth Hall, built of Indiana limestone, fronts Tappan Square and has a central Romanesque tower and hand-carved medieval doorways. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
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The Department of History provides students with a broad range of historical viewpoints and events, problems and approaches to the societal, cultural, political, intellectual, economic, and global challenges and developments. Rigorous coursework coupled with a research component helps our students gain deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Program Director

Renee Romano

Chair of History and Professor of History, Africana Studies, and Comparative American Studies
Department Affiliation

Kathy King

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Why is Studying History at Oberlin Unique?

Study Away Programs
Variety of Courses
Archival Collections

Sample Courses

  • HIST 285 - American Indians: Pre-Columbus to the Present 4 credits
  • HIST 180 - Global Environmental History 4 credits
  • HIST 238 - Slavery in the U.S. 4 credits
  • HIST 383 - Borders, Wars, and Refugees from the Ottoman Empire to ISIS 4 credits

History News

Holly Hoang Awarded Fulbright ETA in South Korea

June 15, 2017
Holly Hoang, a history major from Ellicott City, Maryland, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea. Hoang will be living and working in the country from July 2017 to...

Life After Oberlin

Source: Career Center, Survey Class of 2015, Sample: 24


What Grads Do

Full-time employment: 46%
Undecided: 30%
Graduate/Professional School: 20%
Fellowship: 10%
Traveling: 10%


Graduate/Professional School

University of Akron
Ohio University



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