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About the Program

William & Mary history students learn to better understand the human experience across the globe and over time, preparing for informed citizenship in our complex and interdependent world. The diverse undergraduate history curriculum enables students to critically engage the past through broad surveys and more specific courses on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North America.

What Makes Us Different

  • Award-winning Faculty

    Many W&M faculty members have won some of the most prestigious awards for teaching, scholarship and general excellence.

  • The Clem History Writing Center

    Consult with advanced Ph.D. candidates on research and writing assignments. Explore the handouts filled with tips and tricks for strong writing.

  • Proximity to the "Historic Triangle"

    Study resources from American history in the places they were found.

  • Pipeline to Higher Learning

    W&M’s most successful undergraduates have recently been admitted to highly selective doctoral and professional programs.


  • # 1

    School for History Buffs

    College Magazine
  • # 1

    Best U.S. Colonial History Program

    U.S. News & World Report 2024
  • # 2

    Best College for History in Virginia

    Niche 2024
  • # 6

    Best College Library

    The Princeton Review 2024
  • Top 20

    Producers of Alumni Who Earn Ph.D.s

    National Science Foundation

Applied Learning



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

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Department of History

James Blair Hall Room 330

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.