History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


History is the study of the ancient and recent past—its people and important events that shaped the human condition.

As a history major, you will study a variety of historical time periods, from Greek and Roman antiquity to the late twentieth-century.

You learn from our expert faculty who teach and write about military, political, social, and cultural history. They focus on the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and global connections.

Students interpret the past by analyzing a variety of sources: from historical books and novels to images, films, oral interviews, newspapers, and other texts.

Mason’s history faculty members are internationally known for their cutting-edge work on the use of technology in the study of history. You can intern with one of them in the Center for History and New Media.

Because our department is one of the few in the country that is combined with art history, art is incorporated into the teaching and research of many history faculty members.

The department is a recipient of two Curriculum Scholarship Development Grants (SDG) from the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, & Research (OSCAR) in support of History Curriculum Development and Revision, which were awarded in 2011-12 and 2012-13.


All students have opportunities for research, global engagement, public service, and career preparation.

  • If you excel in the classroom, apply to the history honors program. Work closely with a professor on a research project of your own. Read more >>
  • Study abroad with Mason’s Center for Global Education. More >>
  • Gain valuable job skills and do an internship at places like these. More about internships >> 
    • Alexandria Archaeology Museum
    • Army Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Capitol
    • National Women’s History Museum
    • Valentine Richmond History Center
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