UCF | History Department

The History Department at the University of Central Florida offers students an excellent opportunity to cultivate analytical, reading, and writing skills while enhancing their knowledge of history and its role in today's society. Students interested in the professions of law, education, library sciences, public history, international affairs, and public policy will find in history a valuable and rewarding learning experience. The UCF History Department is also home to the Florida Historical Quarterly.

Public History

The Department of History is expanding its Public History program to focus on new media and cultural heritage management—areas that build on the strength of UCF's location in the greater Orlando metropolitan area. Our first priority is to bring new energy to our M.A. program by turning our public history track into a stand-alone master's degree. In addition, we are infusing our undergraduate program with hands-on, publicly engaged research opportunities. [Read More]

A Great Minor for History Students

The Middle Eastern Studies Minor at UCF is a great option for history students who have an interest in international affairs. Students who are interested in marketing themselves for international companies or graduate school would greatly benefit from minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. The minor has no prerequisite and only 18 credit hours to complete. For more information, please explore the Middle Eastern Studies Department page or contact Dr. Hakan Ozoglu at hakan@ucf.edu.

Civil Rights Programming

From Fall 2013-Fall 2016, the Public History Center will present programming on the civil rights movement, focusing on themes such as equality under the law and the power of the individual to make change.

Events

New to the Program? Returning Students?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016; 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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Highlights

August 9, 2016

photoEach year, the Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport issue awards to recognize significant achievements in maritime heritage writing. The John Gardner Maritime Research Award is presented by the Fellows of the G. [Read More]

July 19, 2016

photoAs historic sites constantly seek new methods to engage the public, UCF’s Public History program continues its commitment to serving as a community partner in providing helpful resources. In addition to graduate students, representatives of local historic entities such as the Geneva Historical Society, the Winter Park Historical Society and the Sanford Museum attended a presentation titled Interpreting and Preserving Historic Places: Virtual Tours, Virtual Reality, and Google held at Maitland Art & History. [Read More]

July 19, 2016

photoVirtual reality headsets, smart phones and enthusiastic historians merged as part of the Public History program’s first Digital History Tools Workshop Series. Google-trained Matthew Gibson, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Peter Hedlund, Lead Technologist for Encyclopedia Virginia led an interactive training session for graduate students, faculty and community historians. [Read More]

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Recent Faculty Publications

Luis Martínez-Fernández, Ph.D.

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Revolutionary Cuba: A History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014; eBook edition by Florida Scholarship Online, 2015; updated paperback edition, 2016.

Amelia Lyons, Ph.D.

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History Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2225 • Fax: 407-823-3184 • E-mail: history@ucf.edu