Undergraduate, MA, and PhD Programs with Substance
Our strengths rest in 19th century U.S., African American, and the African Diaspora history. No other Department in the country is as strong in the history of Slavery as Howard University, with 6 historians who specialize in the field, who have published more than twenty books collectively.
Our African Diaspora and Public History concentrations further underscore our strengths. Howard’s Department of History was not only a pioneer in establishing the field of African history, but one of our own-- Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) Joseph E. Harris-- created the African Diaspora field. Time has only made us much stronger in this area, with current scholars who specialize in the history of Africa, Brazil, Caribbean, Latin America, and the black Pacific.
Our Public History program has produced more black public historians than any other institution in the world. Employers understand that if they are seeking to employ a black public historian, Howard University’s Department of History is the place to find them. Alumni of this program are employed at the National Archives, U.S. Department of State, Smithsonian Museums, National Parks Service, Capitol Hill, and in archives at various colleges across the U.S.
A Legacy of Producing Leaders in their Fields
One our recent alumni directs Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library. Others direct smaller African American history museums throughout the nation, including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Evansville African American History Museum. One of our current doctoral students is the Executive Director of the Association of African American Museums.
Certainly, it would not be hyperbole to state that without Howard’s History department, the field of Public History would be far less diverse. Without a doubt, a degree from this department garners respect and prepares students to excel in any capacity they choose.