Our superb department has produced professors, lawyers, diplomats and civil servants, successful businesspeople, schoolteachers, military officers, fiction writers, and other professionals engaged in a myriad of pursuits in their lives and around the globe. Winners of awards in teaching and scholarship, our faculty members bring proven records of excellence to their daily collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students, and together they explore interests that span space and time. Students learn to read, think, and write critically. They come to know that ours is a small world and a big world. They grasp that humanity has the capacity to create the magisterial works hanging in the Louvre as well as the horrors of Auschwitz, or the inspiring wonder of Angkor Wat as well as the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Studying history propels our lives, whether for the purposes of entering an important and satisfying profession or for the more expansive incentive of revealing the human condition. That is our department’s job. Such is our responsibility.
Department of History
4th Floor, Bentley Annex
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Phone: (740) 593-4334
Fax: (740) 593-0259
Vol 3 of Undergraduate Journal Published: The newest volume of the Ohio University Undergraduate Journal of History is now available on the journal's web page. It boasts three articles, an award-winning essay, and two book reviews. The journal is accepting manuscripts for its next volume. Please consult the journal's site for that information. The OUUJH seeks manuscripts on an array of topics, time periods, and places. It was recenly featured in an OU Compass article, along with the Ohio Undergraduate History Association. Click here for the article.
Emeritus Founds Eckes Prize for Top History Major: Retired Eminent Scholar in Contemporary History Alfred Eckes recently established the Eckes Prize--a $5,000 scholarship for a senior History major with the highest cumulative GPA. The prize will be awarded yearly to rising seniors for the next 10 years. An OU Compass article recently showcased the prize and its generous benefactor.
History Majors Recognized for Campus Leadership: At the 30th Annual Leadership Gala, history major Ryan Volrath was the recipient of the Stonewall Leadership Award. He and fellow majors Jackson Lavelle and Danielle Fultz also received Pepsi Ohio University Campus Leadership Scholarships. Congratulations!
Professor Receives German Fellowship: Dr. Mirna Zakic has won a post-doctoral fellowship in Germany from the Volkswagen Foundation and will spend the 2013-2014 academic year in residence at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg. This prestigious fellowship will enable Dr. Zakic to finish revising her book manuscript, “The Furthest Watch of the Reich: National Socialism and Ethnic Germans, 1941-1944.”
History's HTC Program Returns: Potential and current students interested in a History major through OU's Honors Tutorial College should contact Dr. Miriam Shadis, the department's HTC adviser, for more information. The History HTC program is an exciting opportunity to work one-on-one with the department's distinguished faculty.