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“[History is] not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.”
- Lord Acton

HISTORIANS study the past, yet they never become disconnected from the present. What we are and will be is rooted in what we were. In uncovering the past, historians reveal to us the political, cultural, and economic elements that have shaped our world. This is how we write and teach history at Lewis & Clark. Our curriculum is global in scope, inviting students to compare the traditions of various cultures and countries. We offer sufficient depth in the history of the Americas, Europe, and Asia to allow students to develop sophisticated knowledge of these regions in the modern and premodern eras. Moreover, our emphasis on research and writing equips our students with skills appropriate to a wide range of pursuits.

See the Lewis & Clark Catalog and Footnotes, our newsletter, to learn more about the department and the history major.

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December 7th, 2015

  • Image preview World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed

    The Oregon Historical Society presents World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed, an original exhibition opening 70 years following the end of World War II featuring historic documents and artifacts from the OHS archives and private collections. The exhibition runs from now through December 7.

December 9th, 2015

  • Image preview 4:30pm - 6:00pm: History Senior Thesis Poster Session
    Please join the students in Professors Reiko Hillyer and Susan Glosser’s history research seminars as they present their theses at the end-of-semester poster session.  The research seminar is the capstone course of the history major.  Student theses involve in-depth primary source research, mastery of historical literature on a chosen subject, and intense editing, revision, and peer review.  The goal of the seminar is the completion of an original and rigorously researched thesis that advances historical scholarship.
  • Image preview 6:15pm: 4th Annual History Department Office Crawl
    Join the History Department in its 4th Annual Fourth Floor Office Crawl in Miller on Wednesday, December 9 immediately following the Senior Thesis Poster Session!  Talk to professors, eat delicious themed foods, and enjoy the company of fellow majors, and non-majors.

March 7th, 2016

  • Image preview 5:00pm: 53rd Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture
    The History department is delighted to announce Dr. Tara Zahra, Professor of East European History at the University of Chicago, as the 2016 Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecturer.  Dr. Zahra’s talk is entitled “The Great Departure: Emigration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World.”

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