The Department of History exemplifies Dickinson in the way it covers the world beyond our shores: Students may study the regional histories of Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, or they may explore the diversity of American history.

History majors work closely with the faculty to develop research skills, regularly making use of the rich resources of Dickinson’s Archives & Special Collections, the nearby U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and the Cumberland County Historical Society. Two new faculty positions in environment and science and the history of Africa add to the wealth of courses offered by the department.

Contact Info

Chair

Emily PawleyAssociate Professor of History

Department Coordinator

Madeline BrownAcademic Department Coordinator

Phone

717-245-1521

Fax

717-245-1479

Location

219B, Denny Hall Mailing Address

Department Features



Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs:

  • United Way of the Midlands
  • JET Program
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Temple University
  • Archaeological Testing and Consulting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Peace Corps
  • The Fulbright Program
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Hudson Legal Group
  • SITE Program Lombardia
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • The Democracy Collaborative
  • National Consumer Law Center

Graduate Schools:

  • Yale Law
  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Connecticut
  • Columbia University
Where Students Have Interned
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Organization
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Postal Museum
  • Port Jefferson Historical Society
  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • Dickinson College House Divided project
  • Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
  • U.S Army Heritage & Education Center
  • Art Institute of Chicago

Student Perspective

Dickinson's history department is filled with dedicated faculty members who are eager to share their expertise and help students hone their skills as historians. The department has been crucial to my academic development, as faculty members encourage students to think critically about problems both past and present, often while engaging with the mountains of primary sources available in the college archives. On top of that, the House Divided Project, Dickinson's Civil War era studies center, offers incredible resources for students. 

—Cooper Wingert ’20


History News

Oral History Projects Make Lasting Impact

Oral History Projects Make Lasting Impact

Two oral history projects turned into journeys for truth for students (now alumnae) in Professor of History Matt Pinsker's course.

Dickinson College to Host Virtual Event on Reparations for African Americans

Dickinson College to Host Virtual Event on Reparations for African Americans

The authors of "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century" will discuss the promise of and the obstacles to achieving reparations for descendants of American slaves.

Student Snapshot: Julz Espensen

Student Snapshot: Julz Espensen '23

History major Julz Espensen '23 blogs about her adventures in research and history-focused projects, including WWII reenactment, clothing restoration and cooking historical dishes. 

From Elton John to Benjamin Rush: Alumna

From Elton John to Benjamin Rush: Alumna's Passion for Collecting Reaches Into College History

From rock memorabilia to early American papers, Robin Arnoff '83 is passionate about preserving objects with history.

Dickinson College to Host Virtual Discussion Challenging Technological Narratives in Agricultural Success

Dickinson College to Host Virtual Discussion Challenging Technological Narratives in Agricultural Success

Glenn Stone, an anthropologist and expert on the politics and ecology of food and agriculture will deliver a virtual talk aimed at unraveling myths.

Dickinson College Professors Adapt to COVID-19 With Robust Remote Classes

Dickinson College Professors Adapt to COVID-19 With Robust Remote Classes

Take a look at how Dickinson faculty will bring the liberal arts to students across the nation and world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Virtual Book Talk

Watch Associate Professor of History Emily Pawley discuss her new book, The Nature of the Future, in a virtual book talk here:

http://newnatures.org/greenhouse/events/online-book-talk-emily-pawley-the-nature-of-the-future/