Named for Lyon Gardiner Tyler, the College's seventeenth president, the Department of History's dedicated faculty and distinctive history give it a unique character among public institutions and create a learning environment that fosters close interaction among students and professors.
The Department of History's faculty members have areas of expertise ranging across the globe, and covering the entire period from the ancient world to the twenty-first century. Numerous faculty members have won William & Mary's, Virginia's, and the historical profession's most prestigious awards for teaching, for scholarship, and for general excellence; US World & News Report's 2013 rankings of graduate programs in History named the Department of History's doctoral program in U.S. Colonial History as one of the top three in the country, alongside the University of Pennsylvania's and Harvard University's.
Undergraduate students pursuing their Bachelor of Arts degree are welcome (and encouraged) to explore the histories of North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. At the graduate level, the Department of History offers Master’s and Doctoral degrees.