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

Professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies
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Kathy King

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8520

Why Study History at Oberlin?

Study Away Programs
Variety of Courses
Archival Collections

Upcoming History Events

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

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History News

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Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.
photo of puppet show on US-Mexican border

Bridging the Border in Tucson

December 1, 2017
Studying away doesn’t always mean studying abroad. Nestled in an intimate mountain range, the desert town of Tucson, Arizona, is home to one of the most popular off-campus destinations for Oberlin students: The Border Studies Program.