Bowdoin History Department

Bowdoin College's rich history combines with the exceptional resources of an elite liberal arts college to offer students an exciting atmosphere for the study of history. Come -- explore our heritage and our offerings.

Thinking about what a major or minor in History could do for you? Find out more

Student Research

Student ResearchHistory students have many opportunities to engage in their own intensive research and writing, and to participate actively in a growing community of scholars. Learn more »

Faculty Research

Bowdoin History Faculty ResearchOur faculty's diverse research interests span the globe, shedding light on intellectual, social, environmental, political, and technological histories from the ancient past to the modern period.
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Gregg MitmanThe Department invites respected historians from around the world to speak to the Community. We are fortunate to host an endowed Golz Lecture, Bernstein Faculty Seminar, and Kemp Symposium on an annual and biannual basis. Learn more »


Bowdoin History AlumniThe major and minor in History provide students not simply with a "useable past," but also with the skills to cope with an ever-changing world. The value of a degree in history is evident in the wide range of occupations our graduates have pursued. Learn more »