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.
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Hudson Legal Group
SITE Program Lombardia
The Democracy Collaborative
National Consumer Law Center
New York University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Connecticut
Where Students Have Interned
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
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.
Professor David Commins' new book, The Mecca Uprising: An Insider's Account of Salafism and Insurrection in Saudi Arabia, has just been published (December 2020). The book has two parts: translation of a memoir by a man who belonged to the group that launched the 1979 uprising in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and an introduction to the historical, political and religious contexts surrounding the uprising. Congratulations, Professor Commins!