Welcome to the academic area of History at The Ohio State University at Newark. We are proud to offer students the high-quality education that one expects of Ohio State Newark, but in a smaller and more personal setting more commonly associated with the liberal arts colleges.

Our faculty offers a range of programs, courses and events that are designed to introduce students to the fascinating complexity of the past while strengthening their critical thinking and communication skills and empowering them to better understand the environment around them. We are confident that you will find that our program offers excellence in both academic research and teaching. And, it is kind of fun.


Bachelor of Arts


Students must take 12 credit hours in either a geographical or a thematic concentration.

Geographical concentrations:  

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe (including Russia)
  • Near East, Middle East, Central Asia and/or South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Africa

Thematic concentrations:

  • History of environment, science and technology
  • History of race, ethnicity, and nation
  • Religious history
  • History of colonialism and comparative empires
  • Military history and/or diplomatic history
  • History of the state (power, culture, society)
  • Global, early modern
  • Women's, gender and sexuality studies


A history minor is a great opportunity for students to explore various historical and current topics at an entry level, allowing them to complement their major in a different field. A minor in history allows you to broaden your training and experience, and teaches you skills that can be applied across all majors and disciplines, from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, to art, law, business, education, and public service.

A four-course minor in history may overlap with two of your general education courses. The Department’s courses cover the history of the entire world from ancient times to the present, so you will have a wide range of options. If you prefer, however, you may choose four courses from different fields, regions, and time periods. The history minor, therefore, does not limit your options, but in fact expands them.

Students must complete the following for a history minor:

  • 12 credit hours of history courses
  • All courses must be at the 2000-level or above
  • 6 credit hours must be at the 3000-level or above
  • Overlap with two GE courses is permitted

Students may choose any history course they like as long as the summation of their courses fit the requirements listed above. That said, we encourage students to group their courses based on geographic region or theme.

History Club

This student organization for members of the campus community who like history. History majors and non-majors are welcome.

History internship

Internships provide students with the opportunity to work on historical projects under the supervision of a practicing professional and a professor. Gain valuable experience and earn college credit.

History news

Student Awards

A. Harding Ganz Award for Excellence in Research

2021: Lydia Noethlich
2020: Lauren Marks-Strauss and Aaron Jones
2019: Nikala Curliss
2018: Collette Oberlin
2017: Joseph Snyder and Franchesica Kidd (2 awards)
2016: Elizabeth Worbs
2015: Alex Roletta
2014: Ellenor Dwyer

Richard Shiels Award for Best Graduating Senior

2021: Lydia Noethlich
2020: Peter Giuliani
2018: Franchesica Kidd
2017: No award given
2016: Bryce Jones
2015: Kelly Haist
2014: Megan Crowell