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Department of History

From disaster preparedness to nanoscience to food security, Drexel's Department of History is embroiled in some of the most critical issues of our day.

In the Department of History at Drexel University, our students learn through experience — from full-time co-op positions in archives, museums and other sites, to conducting and presenting original research, to visiting sites of historical significance. The department has particular strengths in the History of Science, Technology and the Environment, and in Global History.

Historians are not traditional scientists; there are no experiments we conduct that can predict future events — we have no theories of evolution or universal gravitation to guide us. Instead, we have the historical record — this is our laboratory. Though we are often looking at events and people long past and dead, historians are often embroiled in the most heated political arguments of our day. This is especially true in a democracy, where the open discussion of history and shared values is necessary, and where this discussion constantly defines and redefines public policy and democratic practice. In other words, the practice of history is also the practice of democracy. Does this kind of learning, research and debate interest you? If so, you are in the right place.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students embark on six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process.

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student Nathaniel “Bucky” Stanton
“What makes history the study of history is not the assemblage of facts, it is the debate over the facts, the interpretation of what we know. Much is revealed not only about the past, but also about ourselves and our modern perspective.”
Nathaniel “Bucky” StantonBA history ‘16
Graduate Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Prospective Student Inquiries

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kam825@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Chuck McNally

Charles McNally

Assistant Dean and Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2689 | cdm27@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of History

3025 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2463 | history@drexel.edu