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History

While history is the record of the human past, it comes alive when we realize the role it plays in who we are as a society today. Learning history enables you to investigate the ideas, problems and actions of past generations and eras — all of which affect the present and future.

As a history student, you will be empowered to closely examine various cultures and historical periods, noting their distinctiveness, and, based on lessons learned from the past, draft unique responses to the issues we face today. You will see that understanding history is implicit to understanding ourselves both as Americans and global citizens.

You will have the opportunity to not only work with faculty members, but also work collectively with other students on projects that benefit the community. Students have been directly involved with such projects as securing an Ohio Historical Marker and producing an award-winning exhibit about World War I. Our faculty members are passionate about history and excited to explore this intriguing and enlightening subject with you.

Student Experience

Brooklyn Higgins“Before coming to Wilmington College, I lived in a small town in northwest Ohio that no one has ever heard of called Liberty Center. Since graduating, I have lived in the Dayton/Centerville area. I was able to stay in this area because I was lucky enough to find a history teaching job in Middletown, Ohio. Currently, I am employed with Summit Academy Secondary School, where I hold the only history teaching position for the high school. This means that I teach all four grades of high school, including classes in American History, World History, Government, Economics, and World Regions/Military History. I have been at Summit since the fall of 2019, and though at times it is daunting, I truly love what I do! I definitely owe a lot of what I know about the teaching profession and especially history to Wilmington College. I love the small, close-knit atmosphere that we have at Wilmington College, and the professors in the history department really made me appreciate that. I was able to build great relationships with my professors from my first year with Ed Agran through to my last years there with Anne Daniels and Keith Orejel. They really made an impact on how I perceive history and my teaching style. I am grateful for having Wilmington in my life; it has not only led me to my current relationship, but everlasting friendships with students and professors, as well as a deeper love for history and teaching.” – Brooklyn Higgins ’19


“My WC experience put me at an advantage over even many graduate candidates (vying) for the internship. At most other places, you don’t get these kinds of experiences. I feel the College lives and breathes hands-on learning.” – Dylan Hammond commenting on his Washington, D.C., public history internship