UC Merced history majors have access to what is quickly becoming a world-class library collection.
The student-run club builds community among history majors and minors as well as anyone who enjoys the subject of history.
Undergraduates have exciting opportunities to publish in a student-run journal.
The Center for the Humanities sponsors lectures, conferences and other activities of interest to history majors and history graduate students.

Welcome to the UC Merced History Program!

As a History major at UC Merced, you will enjoy:

  • learning from outstanding faculty, two thirds of whom were first generation college students themselves
  • a deliberately global curriculum
  • small upper division classes
  • the possibility of getting to know and work closely with your aprofessors in the department
  • individualized mentoring
  • opportunities to work with faculty on research projects
  • developing pathways to a number of future careers
  • the prospect of publishing and gaining editorial experience in astudent-run journal

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What We Do

Historians at UC Merced are passionately curious about the world of the past.  We study a wide range of times and places, and ask many different questions, but all of us place local histories in dialogue with wider global ones.   In our ongoing dialogue with the past as scholars and teachers, we  explore how artifacts, objects, and writings open doors to understanding thoughts, beliefs and practices, as well as the multiple shifting  power relations of past societies.  We look forward to sharing our fascination with the past and the pleasure of studying it with you.

You can find our History Program Learning Outcomes here.

What is History?

"History is a set of evolving rules and tools that allows us to interpret the past with clarity and rigor. It requires evidence, sophisticated use of information, and a deliberative stance to explain change and continuity over time. As a profoundly public pursuit, it is essential to active and empathetic citizenship and requires effective communication to make the past accessible for multiple audiences. It is a craft with a set of professional ethics and standards that demand peer review, citation, and toleration for the provisional nature of knowledge."-From the American Historical Association Tuning Project