Department of History
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the George Washington University History Department is an intellectual community of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and many associates and friends. With more than 40 full-time faculty, varied both in specialization and research methods, GW is an ideal place to study fields as diverse as modern Africa, early modern Europe, the history of colonialism and imperialism, modern America, and the Cold War.
Home to some of the most important research repositories and archives in the world, Washington is a unique and exciting place to study history. Studying history at GW provides students with the knowledge and analytical tools necessary for success in a wide range of careers and professions.
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Arena Stage and The George Washington University will host a national, two-day creative and scholarly conference at the Marvin Center on the campus of GW focused on exploring the American Civil War and its Aftermath, through presentations, panels, and performances.
Pavla Ovtchinnikova thought she knew what to expect from a high-level history course, even a prestigious Dean’s Scholars in Globalization class. Detailed lectures, lots of reading, long writing assignments. To her, military history often seemed more like war games, calculating wins and losses rather than the human cost of conflict.
The sophomore never imagined where Professor C. Thomas Long’s “The Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944” class would take her. Within weeks of enrolling in the class, she would be sitting in a living room, sharing stories with the family of a fallen soldier from her hometown of Worcester, MA.