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For Prospective Students

Why We're Different

Our faculty members have won prestigious awards for teaching, scholarship, and general excellence.

Our size and dedicated faculty, and our distinctive and long history give us a unique character and close learning environment.

The History Writing Resources Center provides consultation for all student research and writing assignments.

Our location in the "historic triangle" of Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg affords outstanding access to resources focused on early American and 19th Century US history.

Our History students study to better understand the human experience across the globe and over time, preparing for informed citizenship in our complex and interdependent world cultures.

Alongside their academic work, our graduate students gain practical experience through writing and teaching apprenticeships, and internships in research institutes, libraries, and museums.

Degree Programs

Course topics range from the American Revolution, to the Crusades, to the African diaspora, and to Great Power diplomacy. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of History courses.


All history majors learn and practice the tools of historical research. The James Blair Historical Review is an undergraduate journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research.

Student Activities

W&M has an active chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society. The group sponsors lectures, field trips, receptions, and other activities in which students interact with other majors, with faculty, and with distinguished visitors. 


Our students have found rewarding careers in law, education, business, museums, historic sites, nonprofit institutions, government, and foreign service. Our majors gain entry to some of the nation's top graduate programs in history.

Talk to Us

Want to know more? Our current students and faculty want to connect with you.

  • Get an inside look: contact a current History major
  • Undergraduate program: contact [[kebene, Professor Tuska Benes, Director of Undergraduate Studies]]
  • Graduate program: contact [[pwmapp, Professor Paul Mapp, Director of Graduate Studies]]
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