University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fields, Programs, & Working Groups

The Department of History, one of the oldest and highest-ranked history departments in the U.S., is home to some 60 faculty members, more than 150 graduate students, and several hundred undergraduate History majors. The expertise of our faculty spans the globe as well as the broad sweep of time from ancient history through the twentieth century.

We now offer undergraduate courses in History and in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. We also have two graduate degree programs—the History M.A./Ph.D.degree  program as well as the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology M.A./Ph.D degree program.

To explore the intellectual landscape of our department, click the links below for our primary fields of study, programs, and working groups. We have additional thematic strengths in borderlands and diasporas; the history of education; empire and nation; environmental history; human rights; Jewish history; labor and political economy; legal history; race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; religion and ritual; slavery and emancipation; urban history; and visual/material culture. Browse faculty by thematic emphasis.